PHL Master Plan

Philadelphia International Airport’s (PHL) Master Plan includes strategies and timelines for airport improvements over a span of 20 years and also provides for thorough studies on the airport's efficiency and potential impact of any proposed new development. The Master Plan is as much an assessment of PHL's current capacity as it is a projected outlook on the airport's future operational demand, expansion needs and potential.  

In December 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Record of Decision approving PHL’s Capacity Enhancement Program (CEP). Receipt of this final document enables the Airport to proceed with the next steps required to expand and make critically needed improvements that ensure PHL is strategically positioned to meet future air service demands, enhance its competitive stature in the global aviation market place and maintain the region’s economic vitality.

The CEP, formulated from the Airport Master Plan's recommendations and Airport Layout Plan (ALP) developed during the study will be implemented. The ALP is a graphic depiction of the airport that will guide the development of airfield, terminal, and landside components. The master planning process was conducted over 10 years and involved numerous local, state, and federal agencies along with public input, as well as a thorough 7-year environmental review. The implementation of the Master Plan will address the significant airfield congestion problems documented by the FAA in the Record of Decision.

  • PHL was the 4th most delayed airport in the country in 2009 per the FAA’s Final Environmental Impact Statement.
  • According to the FAA, a congested airport is one that accounts for at least 1% of all delays in the U.S. In 2009, PHL accounted for upwards of 8% of the delays in the nation.
  • According to the FAA, "The delays at Philadelphia affect the national airspace system. These delays impose substantial costs in time and money for passengers and airlines, cargo shippers and for other users of the air transportation system."

The multi-billion CEP project will be completed in phases over 12-15 years.The program will be funded through passenger facility charges, Airport Improvement Program grants, and other airport and aviation resources. No local tax dollars will be used to fund the CEP.

More information on the CEP can be found here or by emailing

Ramp Tower in Spring