Philadelphia International Airport


Philadelphia International Airport
Philadelphia International Airport Logo.svg
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Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Philadelphia
OperatorPhiladelphia Department of Commerce, Division of Aviation
ServesDelaware Valley
LocationPhiladelphia / Tinicum Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Hub for
Focus city for
Time zoneEastern (UTC−05:00)
 • Summer (DST)Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL36 ft / 11 m
Coordinates39°52′19″N 075°14′28″W / 39.87194°N 75.24111°W / 39.87194; -75.24111Coordinates: 39°52′19″N 075°14′28″W / 39.87194°N 75.24111°W / 39.87194; -75.24111
FAA diagram
FAA diagram
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
9L/27R 9,500 2,896 Asphalt
9R/27L 12,000 3,658 Asphalt
17/35 6,501 1,982 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Aircraft operations220,123
Total passengers11,865,006
Cargo (metric tons)623,127.5

Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL, ICAO: KPHL, FAA LID: PHL) is the primary airport serving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The airport serves 31.7 million passengers annually, making it the 21st busiest airport in the United States. In 2019, PHL served 33,018,886 passengers, the most in the airport's history. The airport is located 7 mi (11 km) from the city's downtown area and has 25 airlines that offer nearly 500 daily departures to more than 130 destinations worldwide.[3]

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is located in Philadelphia, and is the largest airport in the state.[4] It is the fifth-largest hub for American Airlines and its primary hub for the Northeastern United States, as well as its primary European and transatlantic gateway. Additionally, the airport is a regional cargo hub for UPS Airlines and a focus city for the ultra low-cost airline Frontier Airlines.

The airport has service to cities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. As of summer 2019, there are flights from the airport to 140 destinations, 102 domestic and 38 international. Most of the airport property is in Philadelphia proper. The international terminal and the western end of the airfield are in Tinicum Township, Delaware County. PHL covers 2,302 acres (932 ha) and has four runways.[2]

Philadelphia International Airport is important to Philadelphia, its metropolitan region and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth's Aviation Bureau reported in its Pennsylvania Air Service Monitor that the total economic impact made by the state's airports in 2004 was $22 billion. In 2017, PHL commissioned a new economic impact report. The report found PHL alone accounted for $15.4 billion in activity with over 96,000 direct and indirect jobs with $5.4 billion in total earnings.[5]


Starting in 1925, the Pennsylvania National Guard used the present airport site (known as Hog Island) as a training airfield. The site was dedicated as the "Philadelphia Municipal Airport" by Charles Lindbergh in 1927, but it had no proper terminal building until 1940; airlines used Camden Central Airport in nearby Pennsauken Township, New Jersey. Once Philadelphia's terminal was completed (on the east side of the field) American, Eastern, TWA and United moved their operations here.

In 1947 and 1950 the airport had runways 4, 9, 12 and 17, all 5,400 feet (1,600 m) or less. In 1956 runway 9 was 7,284 feet (2,220 m); in 1959 it was 9,499 feet (2,895 m) and runway 12 was closed. Not much changed until the early 1970s, when runway 4 was closed and 9R opened with 10,500 feet (3,200 m).

On June 20, 1940, the airport's weather station became the official point for Philadelphia weather observations and records by the National Weather Service.[6]

World War II use

During World War II the United States Army Air Forces used the airport as a First Air Force training airfield.[7][8][9]

Beginning in 1940, Rising Sun School of Aeronautics of Coatesville performed primary flight training at the airport under contract to the Air Corps. After the Pearl Harbor Attack, the I Fighter Command Philadelphia Fighter Wing provided air defense of the Delaware Valley area from the airport. Throughout the war, various fighter and bomber groups were organized and trained at Philadelphia airport and assigned to the Philadelphia Fighter Wing before being sent to advanced training airfields or being deployed overseas. Known units assigned were the 33d, 58th, 355th and 358th Fighter Groups.

In June 1943 I Fighter Command transferred jurisdiction of the airport to the Air Technical Service Command (ATSC). ATSC established a sub-depot of the Middletown Air Depot at the airport. The 855th Army Air Forces Specialized Depot unit repaired and overhauled aircraft and returned them to active service, and the Army Air Forces Training Command established the Philco Training School on January 1, 1943, which trained personnel in radio repair and operations.

In 1945 the Air Force reduced its use of the airport and it was returned to civil control that September.

Airline use

Philadelphia Municipal became Philadelphia International in 1945, when American Overseas Airlines began direct flights to Europe. (For a short time AOA's flights skipped the New York stop; that was probably Philadelphia's only international nonstop until Pan Am tried nonstops to Europe in 1961.) A new terminal opened in December 1953; the oldest parts of the present terminal complex (B and C) were built in the late 1950s.

The April 1957 OAG shows 30 weekday departures on Eastern, 24 TWA, 24 United, 18 American, 16 National, 14 Capital, 6 Allegheny and 3 Delta. To Europe, five Pan Am DC-6Bs a week via Idlewild and Boston and two TWA 749As a week via Idlewild; one TWA flight continued to Ceylon. Eastern and National had nonstops to Miami, but the TWA 1049G to LAX that started in 1956 was the only nonstop beyond Chicago. The first scheduled jets were TWA 707s in summer 1959.[10]

Terminal B/C modernization was completed in 1970, Terminal D opened in 1973 and Terminal E in 1977; the $300 million expansion[11] was designed by Arnold Thompson Associates, Inc. and Vincent G. Kling & Associates.[12]

In the 1980s PHL hosted several hubs. The Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 allowed regional carrier Altair Airlines to create a small hub at PHL using Fokker F-28s. Altair began in 1967 with flights to cities such as Rochester, New York, Hartford, Connecticut and to Florida until it ceased operations in November 1982. In the mid-1980s Eastern Air Lines opened a hub in Concourse C. The airline declined in the late 1980s and sold aircraft and gate leases to Chicago-based Midway Airlines. Midway operated its Philadelphia hub until it ceased operation in 1991. During the 1980s US Airways (then called USAir) built a hub at PHL.

US Airways became the dominant carrier at PHL in the 1980s and 1990s and shifted most of its hub operations from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia in 2003. As of 2013, PHL was US Airways' largest international hub and its second-largest hub overall behind Charlotte.[13] PHL became an American Airlines hub after it completed its merger with US Airways in 2015 and remains one of the airline's biggest hubs, offering an average of 420 departing flights per day to over 100 destinations. In recent years, American has opted to continue expanding at PHL while downsizing its hub at JFK in New York due to greater slot availability, lower operation costs in Philadelphia, and its greater network of connecting flights.

In July 1999 the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and several U.S. federal government agencies selected a route for the connecting ramps from Interstate 95 to the Terminal A-West complex, then under development; the agency tried to avoid the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. K/B Fund II, the owner of the International Plaza complex, formerly the Scott Paper headquarters Scott Plaza, objected to the proposed routing, saying it would interfere with International Plaza development. It entered a filing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to challenge the proposed routing.[14] In 2000, the airport attempted to acquire the complex for $90 million but Tinicum Township commissioners stopped the deal from going forward, citing concerns of a loss of tax revenue for the township and the Interboro School District, which serves Tinicum, as well as noise pollution concerns.[15]

In 2002 construction on the controversial new entrance ramps went forward. The new ramps eliminated the traffic signal and stop intersections previously encountered by northbound I-95 motorists who had to use Route 291 to the airport. The project consisted of six new bridges, more than 4,300 linear feet of retaining walls, and 7.7 lane miles of new pavement. The project also included new highway lighting, overhead sign structures, landscaping and the paving of Bartram Avenue. Also under the project, PennDOT resurfaced I-95 between Route 420 and Island Avenue and built a truck enforcement and park-and-ride facility.[16] In 2003 Terminal A-West opened, with a 1,500-space parking garage. Construction of the terminal was funded by airport revenue bonds sold by the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development.[17]

By 2005 two studies dealt with expanding runway capacity at PHL: the Runway 17–35 Extension Project EIS[citation needed] and the PHL Capacity Enhancement Program EIS.[18] Completed in May 2009,[19] the Runway 17-35 Extension Project extended runway 17–35 to a length of 6,500 ft (2,000 m), extending it at both ends and incorporating the proper runway safety areas. Other changes made with the Runway 17–35 Extension Project included additional taxiways and aprons, relocation of perimeter service roads, and modifications to nearby public roads.

The status of Philadelphia as an international gateway and major hub for American Airlines and the growth of Southwest Airlines and other low-cost carriers have increased passenger traffic to record levels in the mid-2000s; in 2004 28,507,420 passengers flew through Philadelphia, up 15.5% over 2003.[20] In 2005, 31,502,855 passengers flew through PHL, marking a 10% increase since 2004.[21] In 2006, 31,768,272 passengers travelled through PHL, a 0.9% increase.[22]

US Airways commenced a nonstop link between Philadelphia and the Middle East in July 2009, operating an Airbus A330 service to Tel Aviv.[23] Following the merger with American Airlines, the latter carrier continued to ply the route. However, the flight never performed well financially, leading American Airlines to end it in early 2016.[24]

At 12,000 feet (3,658 meters) in length, runway 9R/27L (previously 10,506 feet) is the longest civil runway in Pennsylvania.

In 2011, a nearly 85,000-square-foot mural was completed along the sides of the airport parking garages that face I-95. The design includes images taken from photographs of Philadelphians dancing by local photographer JJ Tiziou. More than 800 people painted the mural over four months.[25][26][27]



Philadelphia International Airport has six terminals with a total of 126 gates.[28] Non pre-cleared international arrivals are processed in Terminal A. American operates Admirals Clubs in Terminal A, the B/C connector and Terminal F.[29] Terminal A also contains a British Airways Galleries Lounge as well as a American Express Centurion Lounge.[30] Terminal D contains a United Club as well as a Delta Sky Club.[30] A USO lounge is located in Terminal E.[30]

Terminal A

Interior of Terminal A West

Terminal A is divided into two sections, east and west. Terminal A West has 13 gates, while Terminal A East has 11 gates. Terminal A West has a modern and innovative design, made by Kohn Pedersen Fox, Pierce Goodwin Alexander & Linville and Kelly/Maiello.[31] Opened in 2003 as the new international terminal, it is now home to American (domestic and international), British Airways, Lufthansa, and Qatar Airways. It offers a variety of international dining options. International Arrivals (except from locations with Customs preclearance) arrive at gates in both Terminal A east and west and are processed at the Terminal A West arrival building.

Terminal A East, originally the airport's international terminal, is now used by Aer Lingus and American domestic and international flights as well as international arrivals for Frontier Airlines. A-East is well maintained and recently received an upgrade to its baggage claim facilities. Most of the gates in this terminal are equipped to handle international arrivals and the passengers are led to the customs facility in Terminal A West. It opened in 1990. The security entrance was significantly enlarged in 2012.

There are three lounges along the corridor between Terminal A East and A West; an American Airlines Admirals Club, British Airways Galleries Lounge and American Express Centurion Lounge. The east terminal also contains an Admirals Club. There is also a children's play area located in the east terminal.

Liberty Bell replica using LEGO bricks in Terminal A West

Terminals B and C

Terminals B and C have 15 and 14 gates respectively. They are the two main terminals used by American. They were renovated at a cost of $135 million in 1998, which was designed by DPK&A Architects, LLP.[32] They are connected by a shopping mall and food court named the Philadelphia Marketplace. Remodeling has begun in the gate areas, although these cosmetic changes will not solve the space problems at many of the gates. Overall, the facilities are fairly modern and dining options on the concourses are also available. They are the oldest terminals and opened in 1953. There is an American Airlines Admirals Club located in the B/C connector.

Terminal D

Terminal D has 16 gates; it opened in 1973. The terminal was upgraded in late 2008 with a new concourse connecting to Terminal E while providing combined security, a variety of shops and restaurants and a link between Baggage Claims D and E. This is the inverse of the connector between Terminals B and C, which comprises a combined ticket hall but separate security facilities. Terminal D is home to Air Canada, Delta, Spirit and United. This terminal is connected to the shopping area of Terminals B/C through a post-security walkway. The terminal contains a United Club and a Delta Sky Club.

Terminal E

Delta Air Lines Embraer ERJ-145

Terminal E has 17 gates. It is home to Alaska Airlines, Frontier, JetBlue, and Southwest. It opened in 1977. Terminal E houses a USO lounge available for all members of the military and their family.

Terminal F

An outbound SEPTA Airport Line train stops at the Philadelphia International Airport Terminal A station

Terminal F has 38 gates. The terminal is a regional terminal used by American Eagle flights. It includes special jet bridges that allow passengers to board regional jets without walking on the apron. Opened in 2001, Terminal F is the second newest terminal building at PHL. It was designed by Odell Associates, Inc. and The Sheward Partnership.[33] An American Airlines Admirals Club is located above the central food court area of Terminal F.

When Terminal F opened in 2001, it had 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) of space for concessions.[34]

Ground transportation

SEPTA Regional Rail's Airport Line serves stations at Terminals A, B, C, D, and E. The four stations are Airport Terminal A East/West, Airport Terminal B, Airport Terminals C & D, and Airport Terminals E & F. The stations are next to the baggage claim at each terminal with escalator and elevator access from each terminal's skywalk. The Airport Line connects to Center City Philadelphia, other SEPTA trains, Amtrak trains, and NJ Transit trains at 30th Street Station. The Airport Line runs through Center City Philadelphia to Glenside, Pennsylvania; half of the trains continue to Warminster, Pennsylvania, on the Warminster Line while the other half of weekday trains continue to Fox Chase, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the Fox Chase Line and the other half of weekend/holiday trains continue to West Trenton, New Jersey, on the West Trenton Line. The Airport Line runs 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. daily, with trains every 30 minutes on weekdays and every hour or weekends and holidays. The ride from the airport to Center City Philadelphia takes 25 minutes.[35][36]

Philadelphia International Airport has road access from an interchange with I-95, which heads north toward Center City Philadelphia and south into Delaware County. PA 291 heads northeast from the airport area and provides access to and from I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway).[37] Rental cars are available through a number of companies; each operates a shuttle bus between its facility and the terminals. As part of the airport's expansion plan, the airport plans to construct a consolidated rental car facility. Taxis and ride-sharing services both serve the airport.[38][39]

SEPTA has various bus routes to the airport: Route 37 (serving South Philadelphia and Chester Transportation Center), Route 108 (serving 69th Street Transportation Center and the UPS air hub), and Route 115 (serving Delaware County Community College and Darby Transportation Center). As a benefit to students, local colleges and universities including The University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Swarthmore College, Haverford College and Saint Joseph's University traditionally operate transportation shuttles to the airport during heavy travel periods such as spring and Thanksgiving breaks.

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines provide daily or weekly flights to the following destinations:


Aer Lingus Dublin (resumes April 7, 2022) [40]
Air Canada Express Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson [41]
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma [42]
American Airlines Amsterdam, Aruba, Atlanta, Austin, Bermuda, Boston, Cancún, Charleston (SC), Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Dublin, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston–Intercontinental, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Key West, Kingston–Norman Manley,[43] Las Vegas, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid (resumes March 26, 2022),[44] Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montego Bay, Nashville, Nassau, New Orleans, Orlando, Paris–Charles de Gaulle (resumes March 27, 2022),[44] Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Providence, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, Rome–Fiumicino, Salt Lake City, St. Louis, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa, Washington–National, West Palm Beach, Zürich
Seasonal: Athens, Barcelona (resumes March 27, 2022),[44] Bozeman, Buffalo, Columbus–Glenn, Cozumel, Eagle/Vail, Grand Cayman, Halifax, Indianapolis, Lisbon (resumes March 26, 2022),[44] Manchester (NH), Palm Springs, Providenciales, St. Lucia–Hewanorra, Venice (resumes May 7, 2022)[44]
American Eagle Akron/Canton, Albany, Asheville, Atlanta, Baltimore (ends April 5, 2022), Bangor, Birmingham (AL), Boston, Buffalo, Burlington (VT), Charleston (SC), Charleston (WV) (ends April 5, 2022), Charlottesville (VA), Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia (SC), Columbus–Glenn, Dayton, Des Moines, Detroit, Fort Myers, Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Greenville/Spartanburg, Harrisburg, Hartford, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Key West, Knoxville, Lexington, Long Island/Islip, Louisville, Madison, Manchester (NH), Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montréal–Trudeau, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, Newport News, New York–JFK, Norfolk, Pensacola, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Providence, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Roanoke, Rochester (NY), St. Louis, Salisbury (MD), Savannah, State College, Syracuse, Tampa, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–National, Watertown (NY), Wilmington (NC)
Seasonal: Daytona Beach, Destin/Fort Walton Beach,[46] Hilton Head, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Nassau, Panama City (FL),[46] Québec City, Sarasota, Traverse City
British Airways London–Heathrow [47]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City [48]
Delta Connection Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Raleigh/Durham (resumes May 5, 2022) [49]
Frontier Airlines Atlanta, Boston, Cancún, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fort Lauderdale (begins February 17, 2022), Fort Myers, Jacksonville (FL), Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, Nassau,[50] New Orleans, Orlando, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, San Juan, Sarasota, Tampa
Seasonal: Charleston (SC), Houston–Intercontinental, Montego Bay, Myrtle Beach, Portland (ME), Providence, Savannah, West Palm Beach
JetBlue Boston, Fort Lauderdale [52]
Lufthansa Frankfurt [53]
Qatar Airways Doha [54]
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Chicago–Midway, Denver, Houston–Hobby, Nashville, Orlando, St. Louis, Tampa
Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale,[55] Las Vegas, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Spirit Airlines Aguadilla (begins April 20, 2022), Atlanta, Cancún, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental (begins May 11, 2022), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Montego Bay (begins May 18, 2022), Nashville (begins May 11, 2022), New Orleans (begins February 16, 2022), Oakland (begins May 18, 2022), Orlando, Punta Cana (begins May 18, 2022), San Juan
Seasonal: Detroit, Fort Myers, Myrtle Beach, Tampa
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul [58]
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, San Francisco [59]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark (resumes March 4, 2022), Washington–Dulles (ends March 3, 2022) [59]


Amerijet International Ontario, Sacramento
DHL Aviation Cincinnati
FedEx Express Boston, Greensboro, Indianapolis, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Hartford
Kalitta Air Seasonal: Ontario
UPS Airlines Albany, Albany (GA), Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago–O'Hare, Chicago/Rockford, Cologne/Bonn, Columbia (SC), Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, East Midlands, Harrisburg, Hartford, Hong Kong, London–Stansted, Long Beach, Louisville, Manchester (NH), Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark, New York–JFK, Oakland, Ontario, Orlando, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pittsburgh, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Portland (OR), Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, San Bernardino, San Jose (CA), Tampa, West Palm Beach
Seasonal: Providence


Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from PHL (September 2020 – August 2021)[60]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Orlando, Florida 692,000 American, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
2 Atlanta, Georgia 505,000 American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
3 Charlotte, North Carolina 380,000 American, Frontier
4 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 346,000 American, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
5 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 323,000 American, Frontier, Spirit
6 Miami, Florida 322,000 American, Frontier
7 Denver, Colorado 302,000 American, Frontier, Southwest, United
8 San Juan, Puerto Rico 294,000 American, Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit
9 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 282,000 American, Frontier, United
10 Tampa, Florida 266,000 American, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
Busiest international routes to and from PHL (2019)[61]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 London–Heathrow, United Kingdom 455,273 American, British Airways
2 Toronto–Pearson, Canada 299,897 Air Canada, American
3 Cancún, Mexico 264,338 American, Frontier
4 Dublin, Ireland 237,301 Aer Lingus, American
5 Montego Bay, Jamaica 200,434 American, Frontier
6 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 189,860 American, Frontier
7 Montréal–Trudeau, Canada 185,128 Air Canada, American
8 Doha, Qatar 180,218 Qatar
9 Frankfurt, Germany 178,888 Lufthansa
10 Rome–Fiumicino, Italy 152,228 American

Top airlines

Largest airlines at PHL (2019)[62]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 American Airlines 22,529,080 68.23%
2 Southwest Airlines 2,130,422 6.45%
3 Delta Air Lines 2,076,897 6.29%
4 Frontier Airlines 2,037,998 6.17%
5 United Airlines 1,231,571 3.73%

Annual traffic

Annual passenger traffic at PHL airport. See source Wikidata query.
Annual passenger traffic at PHL, 2001 to present[63]
Year Passengers Year Passengers
2021 17,803,925 (through November) 2010 30,775,961
2020 11,865,006 2009 30,669,564
2019 33,018,886 2008 31,834,725
2018 31,691,956 2007 32,211,439
2017 29,585,754 2006 31,768,272
2016 30,155,090 2005 31,495,385
2015 31,444,403 2004 28,507,420
2014 30,740,242 2003 24,671,075
2013 30,504,112 2002 24,799,470
2012 30,252,816 2001 24,553,310
2011 30,839,175

Accidents and incidents

Aerial view of construction of runway 8/26
  • On January 14, 1951, National Airlines Flight 83 crashed upon landing at Philadelphia from Newark. The aircraft skidded off the runway, crashed through a fence and came to rest in a ditch. During the incident, the left wing broke off, rupturing the gas tanks and setting the plane on fire. There were seven fatalities in all. Frankie Housley, the lone stewardess on Flight 83, led ten passengers to safety but lost her life trying to save an infant.
  • On July 19, 1970, United Airlines Flight 611, a Boeing 737-222 on a domestic flight to Rochester, New York experienced an engine failure in the #1 engine right after rotation. The captain decided to reject the takeoff and set the plane back on the runway. The plane touched down 1075 feet short of the runway end, continued across a blast pad, crossing a field, then passing through a 6-foot aluminum chain link fence into a field full of grass, brush and weeds. The 737 came to rest 1634 feet past the end of the runway. There were no fatalities and 18 passengers and one crew member sustained injuries among the 61 on board. The aircraft was damaged beyond economical repair. This was the first hull loss of a Boeing 737.[64]
  • On February 7, 2006, a UPS Airlines Douglas DC-8 cargo plane suffered an in-flight cargo fire and made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport after filling with smoke.[65] There were no injuries other than smoke inhalation affecting the crew, but the plane burned on the ground for hours into the night, though most of the cargo survived, the aircraft was a total loss, with multiple holes burned through the roof skin. According to the NTSB,[66] the firefighting crew did not have adequate training on using their skin-piercing extinguishing equipment and not knowing how to open the main cargo door, attempted to force the handle and broke the latch, rendering the door unopenable. There were also difficulties in obtaining the cargo manifest to determine what if any hazardous materials were on board, due to confusion about protocol. However, despite these failings, the airport staff, including the firefighting staff, managed the incident successfully without injury or major disruption of the airport. The NTSB suspected lithium ion batteries were the source of ignition and made recommendations for more stringent rules and restrictions on their air transport, especially on passenger aircraft (unlike this one). For a cause of the incident, the NTSB focused on the delayed indication of fire by the required onboard fire detection system and criticized the standards to which such systems are tested, noting that the tests use an empty cargo hold and do not represent the real-world performance of the detection systems with the hold full of cargo, which significantly changes the flow patterns of hot air and smoke. The crew and air traffic control personnel were found to have behaved properly (with minor exceptions) and not to be at fault for the incident or its outcome.
  • On March 13, 2014, US Airways Flight 1702, an Airbus A320-214, rotated then aborted takeoff and as a result suffered a tailstrike and a nose landing gear collapse. The aircraft then continued down runway 27L coming to a stop off to the left of the runway. None of the 149 passengers and 5 crew members suffered life-threatening injuries. However the aircraft saw substantial damage and was later written off. The aircraft was stored at the airport until 2021 when it was finally removed from the airport for scrapping.
  • On April 17, 2018, Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, a Boeing 737-700 en route from New York to Dallas, suffered an engine failure on its left engine. Debris from the engine struck the aircraft's fuselage and a side window. The window failed, causing a rapid depressurization of the aircraft, which made an emergency descent and diverted to land at Philadelphia International Airport. One passenger died after being partially ejected from the failed window. Seven others were injured and treated locally at the airport.

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External links

  • Philadelphia International Airport (official web site)
  • FAA Airport Form 5010 for PHL PDF
  • Wings Over Philadelphia – Abundant Information Regarding PHL
  • Pennsylvania Bureau of Aviation: Philadelphia International Airport
  • Food and Shops at PHL
  • PHL-Citizens Aviation Watch
  • FAA Airport Diagram (PDF), effective December 30, 2021
  • Resources for this airport:
    • AirNav airport information for KPHL
    • ASN accident history for PHL
    • FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker
    • NOAA/NWS weather observations: current, past three days
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for KPHL
    • FAA current PHL delay information