Thanksgiving week is shaping up to be the busiest travel week at Philadelphia International Airport since the COVID-19 crisis began. PHL is expecting more than 351,000 passengers to pass through the airport between November 21-29, with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday slated to host more than 40,000 passengers each day.
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.
Most of these bookings are what the travel industry calls “VFR,” or Visiting Friends and Relatives, so the airport team is expecting that a number of passengers will be seeing the airport for the first time this year.
We’re rounding up the top things you need to know about navigating the airport during Thanksgiving week below. Share these tips with a loved one to help make the busy week smooth and safe for all.