On February 22, the Department of Aviation marked the return of community tours to PHL by welcoming sixth grade boys from the Elkins Park School Leadership Academy in Cheltenham Township, Pa., to spend the day at the airport to learn about operations.
The City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation was recently presented with the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Philadelphia Chapter’s Diversity Award. One of the top transportation industry organizations, WTS annually distinguishes individuals and organizations that have contributed to the success and advancement of women in the industry.
Philadelphia International Airport is proud to participate in the FDR Park Plan, a public space transformation program located 3.5 miles west of PHL. The airport will support the creation of a 30-35-acre complex of tidal wetlands at FDR Park, increasing climate resilience for the park, the airport and the region at large.
The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) greets millions of visitors to the city every year, yet the surrounding neighborhood - which includes Southwest Philadelphia and part of Delaware County - is one of the lesser known areas, even to some Philadelphia locals.
One might not envision a garden when thinking about the airport, but more than seven-and-a-half acres (7.64 to be exact) of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) land at Bartram and Island Avenues in Southwest Philadelphia has served as the Eastwick Community Garden since the 1970s. The site is governed by the Eastwick Community Garden Association, which is comprised of local gardeners and board members.
The Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program, the governing body for certification of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and Airport Concessionaire Business Enterprises (ACDBEs) seeking to participate in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funded projects throughout Pennsylvania, is transitioning to a new certification directory.
The importance of a viable transportation network has been proven throughout the COVID-19 crisis: airports have to remain open for flights carrying essential personnel and goods to cities where they are most needed; buses and trains must transport frontline workers to jobs where many are treating the critically ill; highways, bridges and roads need to be maintained for trucks carrying important freight across the country.
PHL CEO Chellie Cameron presented an airport update to an audience of more than 160 community leaders on May 22 for The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia's Virtual "Region On the Rise" event. Her presentation can be found below, covering PHL's traffic forecast, the CARES Act, how PHL is keeping passengers safe, and a survey where business travelers can submit feedback on the passenger experience.
For several years, PHL has collaborated with The Enterprise Center and the United States Department of Transportation Women & Girls Transportation Initiative (WITI) to host an inspiring event for high school and female college students.
Fifteen small and women business owners and Philadelphia International Airport employees recently graduated from the Construction Management Certificate Program, a comprehensive nine-month series of classes designed to provide business management tools to existing and aspiring independent contractors. The program was provided by Temple University and Temple’s Small Business Development Center and was sponsored by PHL.
The PHL Ramp Tower will be glowing blue in support of healthcare workers. With this new feature, the Airport's Ramp Tower (located between Terminals A and B) joins other local buildings and landmarks in illuminating the region in blue in appreciation of the healthcare community.
"The lights can be seen from miles away, including on I-95," said PHL CEO Chellie Cameron. “This is a great way for us to recognize the healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis.”
The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, and the Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 28.
The loss of jobs and school closures caused by COVID-19 means even more residents of the Greater Philadelphia region are facing food insecurity and turning to Philabundance, one of the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organizations, for assistance. A program established by MarketPlace and PHL Food & Shops in March 2019 is needed more than ever.
PHL is proud of the commitment its partners have made to the Greater Philadelphia region. Over the last month, MarketPlace PHL and the PHL Food & Shops have donated more than 6,000 pounds of food to the Philabundance member network. Food is picked up from the Airport and taken directly to agencies to help those in need as quickly as possible. The recent donations have helped agencies in Chester, PA and Camden, NJ.
Philadelphia International Airport will be part of an expanded list of airports that will screen travelers for coronavirus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced.
“We have been advised that they’re going to start some type of screening process here,” PHL chief operating officer Keith Brune said at the airport on Wednesday.