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PHILADELPHIA – The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation, operator of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), has announced the promotion of Api Appulingam to its leadership team and promotions and new appointments for several other top roles.

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PHILADELPHIA– The year-end totals are in and the City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation reports growth at both of Philadelphia’s airports, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE).  PHL welcomed more than 28.1 million passengers during calendar year 2023 -- an increase of 12.6 percent over 2022.

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After a third-party review of its organizational structure and a national search, the City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation, operator of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), has announced several new appointments to its leadership team.

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PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will partner for a Global Entry enrollment blitz at PHL on January 15-18, from 3-8 p.m. in the Terminal B/C Baggage Claim (Terminal B side, next to carousel 13). 

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The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation, operator of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) announces the promotion of Michael Morris to the position of Vice President of IT Client Engagement.

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The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation, operator of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) has announced the appointment of Donna Jackson-Stephans as Deputy Director for Diversity, Equity

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Have a family member flying from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) or a good friend coming to town for a visit? Wouldn’t it be great to walk them to or meet them at their gate? Maybe you’d like to shop or eat at one of PHL’s 150 concessions. With the new PHL Wingmate Guest Pass, nonticketed guests can apply for a one-day pass to access PHL’s terminals, post-security, from 6 am-10 pm.

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Fitch Ratings, one of the world’s leading financial ratings agencies, has assigned a positive outlook to Philadelphia International Airport’s (PHL) Revenue Bonds and affirmed its ‘A’ rating on $1.45 billion of debt. 

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Wallace D. DuBois, A.A.E., ACE, Airside Operations Superintendent, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA, has been awarded

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The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation and its airline partners have agreed to a three-year Airport-Airline Use and Lease Agreement for Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) that includes options for two one-year extensions. The agreement, which was approved by City Council on June 22 and signed by Mayor Jim Kenney on June 28, is effective July 1, 2023, and governs airline use of the City’s facilities at PHL.

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Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has assigned an “A+” rating with a stable outlook on Philadelphia International Airport's (PHL) general airport revenue bonds. This is up two notches from the “A-“ rating PHL received in 2021. PHL has approximately $1.6 billion of debt outstanding, consisting of $1.5 billion of airport revenue bonds. Most of the airport's debt is fixed rate.

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City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation Chief Information Officer Allen Mehta has been selected as a 2023 Philadelphia Titan 100.

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City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation CEO Atif Saeed has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). The announcement was made at AAAE’s 95th Annual Conference & Exposition, held in Denver June 3-5.  

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A collaboration between the hunger relief nonprofit Philabundance and PHL Food & Shops has recently reached a milestone in donating more than 100,000 pounds of soon-to-expire food from airport concessions to Philadelphia International Airport’s (PHL) neighbors in need. In total, the joint effort between Philabundance and PHL merchants has resulted in 108,825 pounds of food and approximately 141,500 meals donated, as of March 2023.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Api Appulingam, P.E., A.A.E., Deputy Director of Aviation- Capital Development, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA, has been awarded

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The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation, operator of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) has announced Chevelle E. Harrison as Director of Workforce Development. In this role, Harrison is responsible for leading the airports’ Bridge Program, a workforce development initiative that creates internal/external pipelines and career mapping pathways for employees and job seekers.

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The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation received almost $2 million in funding from Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Financing Agency (CFA) to support two projects at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE). The Department received $1 million to rehabilitate PNE’s administration building and $945,000 for security perimeter enhancements.

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The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation, operator of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) has announced the promotion of Stacey Lennon to Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Le

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The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation has been awarded $30 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Fiscal Year 2023 Airport Terminal Program grants to support the continuation of Philadelphia International Airport’s (PHL) Restroom Renovation Program and Phase 1 of PHL’s Terminal Energy Optimization

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The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation, operator of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) has announced the appointment of M.

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Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) welcomed more than 25.2 million passengers during calendar year 2022, an increase of 28.5 percent over 2021.

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Who doesn’t daydream about taking a vacation during the cold, dreary days of winter? Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) fliers can be one step closer to making their travel dreams reality by logging onto PHL.org and checking out the “WhereWeFly” tool now available on the airport’s homepage. PHL is one of only five airports in the country (George Bush Intercontinental and William P.

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The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation, operator of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) has announced Konstantinos "Gus" Tsakos as the Deputy Director of Internal Audit and Compliance.

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The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation, operator of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) has announced Jacqueline Lewis as its new Deputy Director of External Affairs, a newl

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Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is installing facial biometric technology at 25 boarding gates in Terminals A-East and A-West to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) process departing passengers on international flights safely and efficiently.

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Pure Leaf Iced Tea has partnered with Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to create the first-ever Pure Leaf Holiday Oasis Lounge. With this custom-built lounge, holiday travelers will be reminded that saying “No is Beautiful” and, specifically, saying “no” to the stress of holiday travel will allow them to say “yes” to the magic of the season.

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Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) announced that it will be welcoming a Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club. The announcement was made by PHL, in collaboration with MarketPlace PHL, Chase, and Airport Dimensions. The 20,000-square foot lounge will be located in the airport’s Terminal D/E connector, providing passengers with a destination to relax and work. The lounge will also feature locally inspired elements and a specially curated menu.

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Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has announced the installation of a new Parking Access Revenue Control System (PARCS) in the airport’s economy parking lot.

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Mayor Jim Kenney announced today that Atif Saeed will become the new Chief Executive Officer of the Division of Aviation, which includes Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), effective December 1, 2022. 

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The City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation, operator of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) has announced Edgar Antístenes Vesga-Arias, MPR, CMI as its new Director of Air Service Development and Cargo Services, and Megan O’Connell as Director of Marketing and Branding.

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The City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation, operator of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) has announced Christina Saggiomo as the new Airport Treasury Manage

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The City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation plans to break ground on a 33-acre Wetlands Mitigation Development Project at a site located within FDR Park in South Philadelphia in August 2022. This site is approximately 3.5 miles from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The Wetland Mitigation Development Project has been planned and designed to compensate for wetlands and waterway impacts anticipated from the development of the West Cargo Project at PHL.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded the City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation a $24 million Airport Terminal Program grant for Philadelphia International Airport’s (PHL) Restroom Reno

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Mayor Jim Kenney announced today that, with Rochelle “Chellie” Cameron’s departure from the City, Keith Brune will become Acting CEO of the Division of Aviation, which includes Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE). A national search will be conducted to identify a permanent successor. Earlier on Thursday, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia announced that Cameron would become the organization’s next President and CEO.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 13, 2022

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia’s role in Operation Allies Welcome officially ended on March 1, when the federally-led mission returned to Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Virginia. From August 28, 2021-March 1, 2022, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) welcomed 29,713 individuals evacuated from Afghanistan on 336 flights (in and outbound, live and ferry, commercial and military).

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Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) welcomed more than 19.6 million passengers during calendar year 2021, an increase of almost 66 percent over 2020, when the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the aviation industry. PHL also saw continued cargo growth in 2021, handling 643,138 tons of air freight and air mail combined, up 3.2 percent from 2020. 

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The federal government has announced Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding awards for fiscal year 2022.  The City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation is slated to receive $30,721,947 for Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and $763,000 for Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) from this new law.  

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The $1 trillion federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on November 5 and signed by President Biden on November 15, provides $25 billion for airports.

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Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) was recently ranked as part of the J.D. Power 2021 North America Airport Satisfaction Study, and the results of that study emphasize the great need for infrastructure investment at PHL.

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Philadelphia International has released the following statement welcoming the Biden administration’s announcement that fully vaccinated, non-U.S. citizens will be permitted to travel to the U.S beginning in November. PHL CEO Chellie Cameron will discuss this news at the On the Fly Travel Update: PHL/LHR & The World event on Sep. 21. 

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Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) will receive approximately $115.18 million in relief funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package passed by Congress. PHL will receive $115 million, of which $13.7 million will be allocated to its concessions program, and PNE will receive $148,000.

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Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) announced today that it has signed a unique and targeted Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Heathrow Airport (LHR), committing both airports to working closer together to support the recovery from COVID-19.

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Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) passengers making plans to travel to the Dominican Republic this spring have a new option.

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PHILADELPHIA - Jefferson Health, Ambulnz and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) have announced a partnership to launch a COVID-19 testing program. Starting Friday, Dec. 4, the program will operate from the PHL Terminal E Departures building, and will provide passengers with the confidence they need to travel safely and conscientiously between destinations.

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Transatlantic flights are allowed to resume at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), following five months of restrictions on processing inbound passengers from Europe.

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PHL, one of the country's top 10 airports for transatlantic travel, has not received a single pasenger flight from Europe or the United Kingdom since March 16. Without a direct transatlantic link, businesses attempting to rebound from the devastating impacts of COVID-19 have little chance of competing against their counterparts in New York City and Washington, D.C., —two metropolitan areas in proximity with approved funneling airport status.

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In April, the Federal Aviation Administration announced approximately $116 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding was designated for PHL (as well as $157,000 for PNE). For PHL, that was the equivalent to a little over 100 days of cash on hand to support airport operations, including covering payroll, paying vendors and making debt service payments—enough to get through to end of the fiscal year.

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Philadelphia Music Ambassador Chill Moody will represent Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in the JetStream Music Festival, an online celebration of music between 23 North American airports, to be held on Wednesday, May 6 at 6 p.m. EDT. The stream will take place on Facebook Live and will feature performances from musicians representing each city.

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For one night only, 23 airports across North America will come together for the JetStream Music Festival, an online celebration of local music. Hosted by Austin-Bergstrom International Airport from the “Live Music Capital of the World” in Austin, Texas, the free, multi-hour livestream will take place at 6 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 6 on participating airports’ Facebook Live.

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) can expect to receive approximately $116 million in CARES Act funding, which translates into about 3 months of cash on hand to support airport operations.

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has announced Saron McKee as its first Manager of Access and Accessible Programs. McKee joins the Airport from the Mayor’s Office where she served as Director of ADA Compliance from November 2018 until she arrived at PHL in January.

Beginning January 21, 2020, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) will implement a 45-day pilot of biometric screening technologies at three international gates to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) process departing passengers. Biometric screening is designed to verify travelers’ identities by cross-checking facial scans with photos already on file with the federal government.

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has announced Stephanie Wear as its first Director of Air Service Development. Wear joins PHL from the Tenerife Tourism Corporation in the Canary Islands, Spain, where she served as Director of Aviation and Economic Development from 2011-19. Wear joins PHL on January 27.

PHILADELPHIA – Winter is coming—and in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region, that means snow is coming, too. Whether it be a light dusting or a full-on blizzard, even just a few flakes can disrupt air travel. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is prepared to battle the snow, sleet, slush and ice by releasing the… “Snow Jawn” and an army of plows, jet brooms and chem trucks.

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) CEO Chellie Cameron has been named a recipient of the Most Admired CEO awards by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Cameron, who has been the CEO of PHL and Northeast Philadelphia Airport since 2016, was honored with a select group of local executives at a reception at the Union League.

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) received $1.4 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Multimodal Transportation Fund for the Tinicum Island Road Relocation Project. The funding will help PHL’s efforts to expand its air cargo operations by moving the one-mile stretch of road that currently bisects airport property.

If you are flying out of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) this Thanksgiving Week, here are a few things to keep in mind.

PHILADELPHIA – The busy Thanksgiving Week travel period gets underway this weekend and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is prepared to welcome more than 792,000 departing and arriving passengers – about an 8 percent uptick from 2018 - from Saturday, November 23 thru Monday, December 2. The busiest days are expected to be Sunday, December 1; Saturday, November 30; and Wednesday, November 27. Travelers are advised to allow plenty of extra time at the airport on all days and especially those that are the busiest.

PHILADELPHIA –To enhance the safety needs of guests walking along Arrivals Road, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has begun installing pedestrian safety systems for crosswalks, improving pedestrian’s curb ramps and replacing temporary bus shelters on Arrivals Road, North Commercial Road and South Commercial Road.  

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) today celebrated a major milestone – the completion of a five-year project that extended Runway 27L, one of its two main runways, by 1,500 feet and constructed several new taxiways. The lengthened runway, which has expanded to 12,000 feet, can accommodate the newest fleet of large aircraft that are popular on many long-haul international routes.

PHILADELPHIA – A celebration honoring ten recent graduates of the City of Philadelphia’s Hospitality Careers Program (HCP) took place at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in collaboration with the City’s Office of Workforce Development.

In June 2019, the City as a Model Employer program (CME) launched the second cohort of the five-month career pathway program at PHL. The Hospitality Careers Program prepares participants with the skills and experience required for permanent employment with the airport and other private sector businesses.

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has partnered with the Philadelphia Zoo to bring some of the amazing creatures that reside at America’s first zoo to PHL each month to interact with travelers. The initiative, which started this summer, has been a hit with visitors who are fascinated with the various exotic mammals and birds.

PHILADELPHIA – Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines will add daily, year-round non-stop service from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Cancun (CUN) starting March 1, 2020.

“Cancun is a very popular destination for vacationers,” said Airport CEO Chellie Cameron. “This is great news for travelers in the region who want to visit this beautiful resort. We are pleased that Spirit has added Cancun to their non-stop service from Philadelphia, and we look forward to more flights to more cities.”

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) received two grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania totaling $924,900 for a platform improvements project at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA) Airport Regional Rail Line stops.

PHILADELPHIA –  Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has announced that Kathleen Padilla, Deputy Director of Aviation for Diversity and Inclusion, has been elected as Chairperson of the Oversight Committee of the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (PA UCP).

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