Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below for answers to questions related to Capital Development, anticipated opportunities, diversity requirements, doing business with PHL and vendor requirements.
General Program FAQs
Capital Development is funded through a combination of airline-backed debt, federal and state grants, and user fees in the form of Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs) and Customer Facility Charges (CFCs). The Airport is self-sustaining and operates without the use of local tax dollars.
Philadelphia International Airport is owned and operated by the City of Philadelphia. The Airport is one of the largest economic engines in Pennsylvania, generating an estimated $15.4 billion in spending annually and supporting more than 96,300 full‐time jobs for the 11‐county Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).
There are over 130 projects in total dedicated to repairing and replacing parts of the airport. We expect to deliver these projects over the next 5 years.
Information on specific projects is provided through the procurement notification process. To be notified about posted procurements, sign up for PHL’s Contracting Opportunities notification list. Instructions on how to sign up can be found on Doing Business with PHL. Also, on this website you will find the Anticipated Opportunities page which is updated regularly and provides a list of current or upcoming procurement opportunities. Please note that this list is subject to change.
Capital Development's success will depend on partnerships with businesses throughout our region. We encourage large, small and diverse businesses to bid for contracts. For more information, visit:
The anticipated opportunities listed on Capital Development's site are subject to change. Please check back on a regularly basis for any new information.
Project size and value will vary. IT projects are highlighted as professional services and are advertised by the City’s eContract Philly system. Go to https://secure.phila.gov/eContract/ and click “New Contract Opportunities”. Choose Commerce to see PHL Airport opportunities.
The City of Philadelphia contracts with a prime consultant (contractor), who in turn manages a team that include subcontractors, or specialized subconsultants. Prime contractors are required to allocate a percent of their contract to diverse businesses. Depending on the funding source, solicitations have a Minority/Woman/Disabled Business Enterprise (City-funded) goal or a DBE (federally funded) goal.
Neither the City of Philadelphia under its Office of Economic Opportunity nor the PAUCP has a separate program for veteran-owned businesses. It may be possible to qualify under the City’s Disabled Business Enterprise classification if the owner is a disabled veteran; under a special determination under the PAUCP as a DBE, or as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) under the PHL program.
Doing Business with PHL
We examine every opportunity for using best value and we have released best value RFPs recently, such as our latest advertising opportunity.
SOPs are for services, supplies and equipment, and MPOs are usually for professional services. The SOPs and the MPOs that we currently have can go to anyone. In the future, PHL may consider additional opportunities for small businesses. Both SOPs and MPOs are $34,000 or less.
The City maintains two vendor databases where firms register to receive notices of upcoming contracting opportunities. For construction (public works) and service, supplies and equipment (SSE), register at https://www.phlcontracts.phila.gov/bso/. For professional services, register at https://secure.phila.gov/eContract/.
PHL also maintains a vendor list for its internal use. In addition to registering your firm in the appropriate City database, also register at PHL’s website.
When you register in the vendor database, the airport does not reach out unless there is an opportunity that matches the types of work that you indicated your firm could do. When a match occurs, you will receive an email that will include a link to the opportunity. The Airport's Purchasing Administration Unit (PAU) can assist with any questions regarding contracting opportunities. Contact them by phone at 215-937-5580 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHL does not require prequalification for most of its contracts. PHL maintains a vendor list and sends out opportunities that match the areas of work that you register for. You can register your firm in the database under the Business Opportunities section of PHL’s website.