May 12, 2014 |
The readers and I appear to be in agreement. That is, we are equally underwhelmed with Philadelphia's efforts to promote itself. As I noted in a recent column, our region has two slogans: One lousy, the other meh. They are so underwhelming that many people, myself included, forget them. Which is probably not the goal. But here's what I learned since writing that column. There are plenty of million-dollar ideas out there. And they don't have to come from tourism officials with million-dollar budgets.
April 25, 2014 |
Philadelphia International Airport is the 18th busiest U.S. airport in passenger traffic, with 30.5 million air travelers last year. The nation's busiest passenger airport, Atlanta, handled 94.4 million fliers, while 66.8 million traversed Chicago O'Hare, according to Airports Council International. Among airports with the fastest passenger growth, Philadelphia was No. 25 among the top 50. Passenger traffic here was up 1 percent. How does the nation's sixth-largest metro area by population come in No. 18 in passengers?
April 4, 2014 |
Mike and Sue Edmonds were on Qatar Airways' inaugural flight to Doha from Philadelphia on Wednesday, on their way to visit their daughter, 22, a teacher in Bangkok. "We got an excellent fare - $950 round-trip to Bangkok," said Sue Edmonds. "We looked into Qatar Airways because it has a good reputation. It's a long flight. We wanted to be comfortable. We're very excited. " The couple from Emmaus, Lehigh County, joined dozens of passengers boarding the 10:15 a.m. flight, which had arrived from Doha two hours earlier to cheers and a water-cannon salute at Philadelphia International Airport.
March 21, 2014 |
THAT TIME you spend waiting around for your next flight at Philadelphia International Airport could be spent investing in public education - if playing a one-armed bandit is your idea of investing. City Council will decide in the coming weeks whether to push for airport slot machines that would benefit Philadelphia's cash-strapped schools. Yesterday, it approved a resolution to hold hearings on the subject. The scheme would still need approval from state lawmakers in Harrisburg.
February 28, 2014 |
The first US Airways airplane painted in the new American Airlines colors came through Philadelphia Wednesday - Flight 1770 from Atlanta, arriving at 10:37 a.m., at Philadelphia International Airport's Gate B9. It took 13 days and 80 gallons of paint to remove the old US Airways colors, sand, wash, seal seams, repaint, stencil and detail the Airbus A319. In all, 300 US Airways and 350 American aircraft will get a similar makeover. "The integration of our airlines, including painting the rest of the US Airways fleet, will take many months," said American president Scott Kirby.
February 27, 2014 |
Last May, a Brooklyn-based do-it-yourself craft school and "makerspace" called 3rd Ward came to Philadelphia. The 27,000-square-foot temple to DIY in Northern Liberties was hyped as a new creative engine for the city, and the first step in the New York institution's nationwide expansion. Then, five months later, it shut down. But those who long for a place to brew beer, screen-print T-shirts, sew aprons, build terrariums, and make pickles have a second chance - albeit on a much humbler scale.
February 18, 2014 |
One bright spot in the frigid temperatures Sunday was at Philadelphia International Airport, where skies were clear and sunny - and flights were on time. Flight departure monitors said "on time" for US Airways, United, Southwest, JetBlue, Delta, and Virgin America airlines. Passengers were two types - those whose flights were canceled because of weather last week and could not rebook until Sunday. And those lucky enough to have scheduled their trip on a clear, sunny day. Everyone was fairly upbeat.
February 15, 2014 |
Airlines are hoping to slowly return to normal operations Friday at Philadelphia International Airport, where snow and wind forced cancellation of 74 percent of flights Thursday. The only caveat: the shot of snow that was headed our way overnight. The winter storm that had dropped 9.8 inches at the airport by 4 p.m. Thursday was expected to leave a further two to four inches before leaving early Friday, the National Weather Service in Mount Holly said. "No plans other than normal operations were announced by airlines at this point," said airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica.
February 13, 2014 |
There is something to be said for speaking in one voice. Key promoters of the city and region certainly think so, having all agreed to adopt a new marketing tagline - "PHL: Here for the Making. " In coming days, you can expect to see it in ads and promotions by the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Select Greater Philadelphia, the Convention Center, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., and Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.
January 23, 2014 |
Philadelphia International Airport had about 593 canceled arriving and departing flights as of Tuesday afternoon. Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said at 3:30 p.m. there were "very few people" in the terminals. She said one runway was open, and the airport was operational. "Crews are working tirelessly to keep all paved surfaces clear," Lupica said. Airport officials had a conference call with airlines, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)