Christmas Week 2020 at PHL

Christmas week is shaping up to be a busy travel week at Philadelphia International Airport. PHL is expecting more than 316,000 passengers to pass through the airport between December 21-28, with peak days being Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued an order requiring a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth. Alternately, passengers can quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. PHL supports the Commonwealth's efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but airport staff will not screen passengers for test results or request quarantine attestation upon arrival. 

We’re rounding up the top things you need to know about navigating the airport during Christmas week below. Share these tips with a loved one to help make the busy week smooth and safe for all.  

You should still arrive 2 hours early. Between social distancing protocols and navigating new schedules and amenities, you'll appreciate the extra time to make the most of your visit.

Take advantage of discounted parkingThe PHL parking garages offer $16 per day rates on the upper levels for passengers staying 72 hours or longer. Please remember that parking on PHL's roadways is not permitted, and motorists meeting passengers should wait in the Cell Phone Waiting Lot, located less than one minute from the Arrivals terminal. 

Remember that TSA protocols have changedUpdates include placing items inside your carry-ons instead of bins, lowering your mask for your ID check, and staying 6 feet from others at all times. 

Locate PHL’s hands-free amenities. The airport offers water bottle refilling stations along with hand sanitizing stations in an easy to navigate map. 

Get your food delivered through Download the app for a safe, contactless and convenient way to get food from anywhere in the airport. 

Sneak in some holiday shopping before your flight. From Coach to Vera Bradley to White House Black Market, the PHL retail program is open for gift giving inspiration.  

Learn about PHL's cleaning standardsThe airport uses rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and has joined its travel and tourism partners by taking the PHL Hospitality Health Pledge.  


Celebrating the holidays at ##PHLairport

♬ It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Bing Crosby & The London Symphony Orchestra

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