History of PHL

Philadelphia International Airport opened in 1940; it was known then as Philadelphia Municipal Airport and transported 40,000 passengers on just a handful of carriers. Through the ensuing decades, the Airport expanded and developed as air travel became more popular. Today, Philadelphia International Airport is a major air transportation hub and accommodates 30.8 million passengers a year. Click on the decades to learn more about the history of Philadelphia International Airport.

1920's - 1930's

1940's - 1950's

1960's - 1970's

1980's - 1990's

2000's

2010's