Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has service to destinations in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. The site of PHL began use as an airfield in 1929, when the Pennsylvania National Guard utilized it as a training airfield.
It was dedicated as the “Philadelphia Municipal Airport” by Charles Lindbergh in 1927, but did not feature an actual terminal building until 1940. Upon completion of this terminal, American, Eastern, TWA, and United Airlines began running flights through PHL.
Philadelphia International Airport is the largest airport in the state of Pennsylvania, and is also the largest airport in the Delaware Valley region of the U.S. It is considered one of the fastest-growing airports in the United States. PHL handled 432,884 aircraft movements in 2013, making it the 15th-busiest airport in the world based on aircraft movements.
Did You Know? Interesting Facts About Philadelphia International Airport:
- The economic impact of PHL was estimated at $14 billion in 2004. This includes direct spending and the multiplier effect of that spending through the state economy.
- PHL has seven terminal buildings, containing a total of 124 gates.
- As of the Summer of 2014, Philadelphia International Airport serves a total of 130 non-stop destinations. This includes 38 international destinations.
- The site of PHL was originally known as “Hog Island.” It was purchased from the Lenape Native American tribe in 1680.
- PHL is the world’s largest airport that lacks an inground fueling system (which means that fuel must be trucked to each plane individually.)
- There are doubts concerning the management of the airport’s growth, as PHL’s runways and terminals are already reaching maximum utilization.
- Plans have been announced to address congestion issues and allow for greater expansion. These include addressing the parking situation, as the 17,000 parking spaces currently available are often at full capacity.
- During WWII, the airport was used as a training airfield by the First Air Force.
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Bethany Beach Webcam
A view of the Bethany Beach Boardwalk, near Delaware’s most famous beach resort and a popular destination for inbound PHL travelers.
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Philadelphia Airport Deicing Cam
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