Summer 2022 Travel: What to Expect at PHL

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) anticipates summer 2022 to be the airport’s busiest season in three years — the result of new and resumed service and the public’s growing desire to travel once again. 

“The resumption of service to transatlantic destinations like Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona for the first time since 2020, as well as the introduction of flights to previously unserved domestic locations like Oakland, California, have been enthusiastically received by our passengers,” said Kate Sullivan, PHL Deputy Director of Strategic Partnerships. “And not only are PHL passengers traveling to visit friends and relatives they haven’t seen in a few years or explore the world, they are also starting to fly for business again.”   

PHL estimates 7.7 million passengers will pass through its terminals this June-August, just 18 percent below the record-setting pre-pandemic volume of 2019.   

“We are still welcoming many guests who have not flown in a few years and are not familiar with changes and updates that have taken place over the past two years,” said Sullivan. “It is really important that guests have a plan before arriving at the airport.”  

A limited number of parking spots are open in PHL’s Economy parking lot, where guests can park for $15 per day and take a shuttle to and from check-in and baggage claim. Guests can also park in any PHL garage to directly connect to any airport terminal. Guests parking for more than 96 hours in one of the upper levels of a PHL garage (any level above Short Term parking), will be charged a reduce fee of $20 per day.  

Guests are reminded that on-site parking will reach capacity quickly during the busy summer months and should consider making a reservation at one of several off-site parking facilities which provide shuttles to and from PHL. Click here for more information.   

Guests are also encouraged to use SEPTA, rideshare or have friends or relatives drop them off and pick them up from the airport.  

For information on SEPTA's Southwest Connection Program and special summer weekend Airport Line schedules, click here. 

Flight Check-In 
For the convenience of passengers, many airlines offer contactless and paperless check-in. Guests should visit their airline’s website for details. Guests should also consider downloading their airlines’ apps and registering for text and email updates for their flights.  

TSA Security Checks 
In 2020, the TSA implemented new health and safety regulations, including allowing one 12-ounce container of liquid hand sanitizer per passenger and sanitizing wipes in carry-on bags. Details on the  regulations and tips for being prepared for the screening process can be found here and via the free MyTSA app.  

TSA advises all guests to arrive at the airport  two-and-a-half-to-three hours before their boarding times to not risk missing their flights.   

Some additional reminders for passengers:  

  • TSA PreCheck is available at Terminals C and D/E. Non PreCheck passengers may use all security checkpoints except for Terminal C. Hours of operation for all security checkpoints can be found here
  • Empty water bottles in the liquid recycling receptacles before entering security.  PHL offers water bottle refill stations in all terminals once inside security checkpoints.
  • Passengers can access all PHL terminals through any TSA checkpoint. 

What’s Open?  
Once through security, guests will find 135 PHL Food & Shops food and retail concessions in all terminals open and ready to serve them. A list of open concessionaires and operating hours can be found here. Guests can also enjoy contactless ordering from select PHL Food & Shops merchants through Orders can be picked up from the merchant or delivered directly to passengers’ locations throughout the airport.    

Arriving Passengers 
Guests needing transportation after retrieving their luggage, should note the following:  

Drivers meeting arriving passengers should take advantage of PHL’s free Cell Phone Waiting Lot, conveniently located one minute from the baggage claim areas or park in the short term parking lots across from the baggage claims.   


Media Contacts

Christine Ottow
Director of Strategic Communications
[email protected]
Heather Redfern
Public Affairs Manager
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