Capacity Enhancement Program

Philadelphia International Airport Capacity Enhancement Program

The Capacity Enhancement Program (CEP) is a comprehensive construction program to expand and modernize Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). It is anticipated to resolve issues that have constrained one of the air traffic network’s most crucial hubs for years by improving operational efficiencies, connectivity, and every aspect of customer experience.   The multi-year, multi-billion dollar improvement effort is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen a vital regional economic engine and further elevate the greater Philadelphia region’s status as a global destination.
More than 30 million travelers pass through PHL each year. The CEP will enable the Airport to grow to meet future demand and help remedy some of the issues facing the Airport today. The multi-billion dollar program is expected to be completed in phases over 12 to 15 years. The program will be funded through airport revenue bonds, passenger facility charges, Federal Airport Improvement Program grants, and other airport revenues. No local tax dollars will be used to fund the improvements. The result will be a more modern and efficient airport that is better equipped to facilitate travel and commerce for years to come.
The CEP will improve crucial aspects of traveler accessibility and convenience, from expanding the reach of international travel to streamlining rental car transactions. Current CEP projects include:
  • A 1,500 foot runway extension that will enable easier access for larger aircraft traveling the longest international routes
  • Airfield taxiway improvements that will enable greater flexibility and efficiency for departures and arrivals
  • Design of a new Automated People Mover (APM) system, which can move travelers between terminals quickly and conveniently 
  • Construction of a new consolidated rental car facility, which will provide more convenient access by enabling customers to engage in transactions at a single location and reduce shuttle traffic on airport roadways
  • Redesign of Terminal B/C to provide new ticketing, baggage screening, and security screening
  • Numerous Airport rehabilitation infrastructure projects such as roof and window replacements, escalator replacements, new restrooms and security upgrades, etc.

Global Vision for Comprehensive Change and Vitalization

These improvements can only be attained through a thorough and comprehensive construction effort. Such an effort began in 1999 when PHL began a Master Planning process to evaluate the Airport’s capacity needs. In 2010, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) that approved the CEP.

The CEP will further position PHL as a global gateway for travel and commerce by attracting new national and international business activity, creating jobs and economic opportunity.  The CEP is projected to create tens of thousands of jobs throughout its duration.  The estimated number of jobs for near and mid-term employment opportunities is 4,460 direct construction jobs and more than 1,830 professional service jobs. The regional economic growth as a result of the CEP is expected to increase from $14.4 billion in 2006 to $26.4 billion in 2025, an average annual increase of 4.4 percent since 2006.
“Philadelphia International Airport is the economic engine for all of Southeastern Pennsylvania,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “This expansion program is critical to the economic health and growth of our entire region.  The fact that this entire process took a decade to complete underscores its thoroughness in carefully exploring all the alternatives.  The City and the leadership of Philadelphia International Airport look forward to collaborating with all of our stakeholders to bringing about the implementation of the CEP."

Through the CEP, PHL is committed to ensuring workforce inclusion for minority and women workers and business owners. Established federal and local participation goals for minorities and women, particularly in construction and professional services, are key performance measures for the CEP.

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