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NEWS
August 9, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A DRUNK Italian sparked a sky emergency Wednesday night when he threatened the flight crew on his Barcelona-bound plane, prompting the pilot to U-turn to Philadelphia, authorities said. The scare started when Massimo Fiorani, 35, staggered up the aisle toward the bathroom as US Airways Flight 742 ascended out of Philadelphia on its way to Spain just before 8 p.m., according to an affidavit. A flight attendant approached Fiorani and asked him to return to his seat. When the attendant placed a hand on his shoulder, Fiorani allegedly threatened to kill him. Several passengers scrambled to help crew members restrain him in flexible handcuffs, an investigator wrote.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Workers who push passengers in wheelchairs at Philadelphia International Airport have withdrawn complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation that alleged they did not receive proper training from their employer, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, and equipment to do their jobs safely. The workers dropped their action naming PrimeFlight and airlines including US Airways Group, United, and Southwest after seeing documentation that they had received the required training. In May, the workers alleged violations of the federal Air Carrier Access Act and asked the Transportation Department to impose fines and order the airlines to force PrimeFlight to correct the problems.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Retail shops and restaurants at Philadelphia International Airport will be hiring about 300 workers to fill jobs at the newly renovated Terminal F and concession openings in other terminals. MarketPlace Philadelphia Management, in conjunction with the city Division of Aviation, and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, whose district includes the airport, plan to host a job fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia. Applicants must have a resume to enter the Linc and multiple copies to give employers.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Workers who push passengers in wheelchairs at Philadelphia International Airport filed complaints with the U.S. Transportation Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alleging that their employer, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, and three airlines that contract with it failed to provide proper training and equipment to safely do their jobs. The complaints, filed Thursday, allege violations of the federal Air Carrier Access Act and ask the Transportation Department to impose fines and order US Airways, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines to force PrimeFlight to correct the problems.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Qatar Airways will add Philadelphia to its nonstop routes next year, making the city the carrier's fifth gateway in the United States. Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker announced new routes on three continents Monday at the opening day of a Middle East travel exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The airline flies to 126 destinations worldwide from its hub in Doha, the capital of Qatar, which borders Saudi Arabia. "Philadelphia is one of the major hubs of the soon-to-be merged American Airlines/US Airways and will provide Qatar Airways' customers with onward connections to over 100 cities," Al Baker said in a statement.
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
business,tourism_casinos Zipcar Inc., the national car-sharing network based in Cambridge, Mass., announced Thursday that it is expanding to eight airports, including Philadelphia International. The cars, which can be reserved by members online at Zipcar.com, will be available to rent by the hour or the day here, starting Wednesday. Zipcars will be parked in the Avis Car Rental pick-up facility at Philadelphia airport. The company, a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group Inc., said travelers with long flight delays and layovers can, rather than sit in the airport for hours, reserve Zipcars to get out and explore the local area.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gridlock hit commercial flights at some East Coast airports Monday, as 1,500 air traffic controllers were forced to take a mandatory furlough day due to federal budget cuts. Flights into New York and Newark, N.J., were delayed an hour and 23 minutes in Newark; 2 hours and 43 minutes at John F. Kennedy airport; and one hour and 43 minutes at LaGuardia airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration website. Philadelphia International Airport experienced delays of 15 minutes or less, which is considered normal, according to the FAA website.
NEWS
April 5, 2013 | BY JAD SLEIMAN, Daily News Staff Writer sleimaj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
THE FIRST group of passengers on a new Dallas-to-Philly Spirit Airlines route didn't get to meet the mayor as planned on Thursday. They didn't even land in Philadelphia. City leadership and airlines executives had planned on welcoming travelers at Philadelphia International Airport before delayed Federal Aviation Administration paperwork re-routed the flight Thursday. Instead, passengers were flown to Atlantic City and bussed to Philly. "The Philadelphia authorization has taken longer than expected, and today marks the first time that an inaugural flight has not operated as scheduled," said Spirit spokeswomen Misty Pinson, adding that the airline followed the same procedures with FAA paperwork as it had in adding service to dozens of new airports over the past 14 months.
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
About 200 flights were canceled Wednesday afternoon at Philadelphia International Airport as wintry weather caused travel woes around the region. Arriving flights that were not canceled were experiencing delays of more than four hours Wednesday night because of high winds, said Victoria Lupica, an airport spokeswoman. There were delays throughout the day "as a result of our weather and weather elsewhere," Lupica said. The National Weather Service said the Philadelphia region was expected to get as much as two inches of rain, and a flood watch was in effect for Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and northern Delaware.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2012 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Travel and Tourism forecasts that international trips to the United States will grow 23 percent by 2016. The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau wants a big chunk of that business, whether through conventions, tourists, or students. But with a stagnant budget of $11 million a year, the agency charged with selling space at the now-much-bigger Convention Center has had to improvise. So it conducted a six-month study with focus groups and partnered with City Hall, local businesses, restaurants, and universities, among others, to package Philadelphia as a modern renaissance city.
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