Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has embarked on a program to replace older Explosive Detection System (EDS) machines -- the equipment that scans passengers' checked baggage prior to it being loaded onto an aircraft-- with newer, more efficient equipment. The existing CTX9400 EDS machines will be replaced with CTX-9800 SEIOs as part of the Terminal D-E Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) Recapitalization project.
Beneath the bright and bustling passenger terminals of Philadelphia International Airport sits a hidden complex of roadways and tunnels, each of them traversed by baggage tug vehicles towing thousands of bags each day.
In an effort to expand the airport’s contractor base and open opportunities to more diverse firms, PHL’s Office of Business Diversity and Capital Development Group have scheduled a series of virtual roundtable networking sessions for Minority, Women, Diversity Business Enterprises (M/W/DBE). The first session was held in March.
In the past year, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has been sharply focused on ensuring the health and safety of passengers and employees using the facility.
Fiscal year 2020 was a historic year for federal and state grants as well as TSA’s Other Transactional Agreements, more than doubling Philadelphia International Airport’s (PHL) previous five-year averages of grants received. The $58.6 million in 2020 grants support a handful of infrastructure projects critical to the safety of passengers and operations both on the airfield and within the terminals.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has received $2 million in funding from the state of Pennsylvania for a project to construct an aircraft parking apron capable of accommodating up to eight planes.
The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) East Airfield rehabilitation project has been named recipient of the 2021 Philadelphia Aviation Project Award in the March of Dimes Annual Transportation, Building and Construction awards.
To enhance pedestrian safety on its roadways, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has installed an In Road Warning Light (IRWL) system on its Arrivals Road and Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB) on its South Commercial Road.
At Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), there are 111 passenger boarding bridges (PBBs), which facilitate the movement of passengers from terminal to aircraft. In 2010, a program was established to upgrade and replace the PBBs and ancillary equipment.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has been engaged in a major undertaking to replace and enhance the roofs of the terminal complex on the airport's Departures side, stretching from Terminal A-East to Terminal E. Work began earlier this year and is expected to be substantially completed by the end of December with final items of work and closeout by March 2021.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) recently completed a tide gate replacement project on Tinicum Outfall by the Delaware River just beyond the perimeter of PHL’s western boundary in Tinicum Township.
Api Appulingam, Deputy Director of Aviation, Capital Development, at Philadelphia International and Northeast Philadelphia Airports, was recently chosen as President-Elect of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), Philadelphia Chapter.
As part of its continuous commitment to enhancing the guest experience, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has been modernizing its 48 sets of passenger-facing restrooms since 2012.
During the past few months, it has been well documented that women, especially those in racial minority groups, have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has been actively rehabilitating its East Airfield since spring 2019, restoring various pavement areas on the east side of the airport to improve the serviceability of the pavement and eliminate structural deficiencies. Work areas included the South Apron and Taxiway D South, Taxiway
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) received an $18 million Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for vital airfield infrastructure projects. The funds will be used to reconstruct Taxiway K and rehabilitate Runway 17-35, along with improvements to runway lighting.
Look, up in the sky… it’s a plane, it’s a helicopter, it’s an AW609 tiltrotor!
One immediate consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic for airports has been the disruption of active and planned capital projects. With airports facing a significant reduction of travelers, operations, and revenue, some infrastructure plans may become casualties.
Happy International Women in Engineering Day! Now in its seventh year, this special day celebrates women in engineering, while encouraging people all over the world to help raise the profile of women in engineering and to persuade girls and young women to consider engineering as a profession.
Since mid-March, when COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, the Capital Development team has continued to assess the scope, schedule, and budget of every project to determine if it moves forward or stays paused.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, going out to your favorite restaurant, the mall, a concert or any other public space was an everyday occurrence. Now, according to The Washington Post, many Americans “are not ready to go out to their favorite destinations until they feel confident about being able to safely use a public restroom.”
The PHL/PNE Capital Development team is constantly in the process of modernizing the airport complexes to meet the evolving needs of travelers and remain world-class facilities. So, what is the team’s role now that PHL and PNE are experiencing reduced passenger traffic?
“Excuse me, where is the nearest bathroom?”
Oftentimes, restrooms are the first place airport guests visit when arriving and their last stop before departing. With this in mind, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is continuing its Restroom Renovation Program, a seven-phase project. When complete, all 48 sets of bathrooms at PHL will be modernized.