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Airport Snapshot: Philadelphia International Airport

IATA Airport Code: PHL

Location: 8000 Essington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19153 (10 miles southwest of downtown Philly, next to Delaware River)

Date Opened: June 20, 1940. The site (known as Hog Island) was used as a training airfield beginning in 1925.

Size: The airport covers 2,302 acres, four runways, six terminals and 126 gates. It’s the largest airport in the state; the fifth-largest hub for American Airlines, a regional cargo hub for UPS Airlines and a focus city for Frontier Airlines.

Transportation: SEPTA Regional Rail’s Airport Line serves stations at Terminals A, B, C, D, and E, connecting to Center City Philadelphia (25 mins), other SEPTA, Amtrak and NJ Transit trains. Buses, taxis, rideshares and limos are available.

On-Site Facilities: The airport has restaurants, cafes, free wi-fi, ATMs, currency exchange, duty free, nursing suites, carts, charging stations & art exhibitions.

Fun Facts: Charles Lindbergh dubbed it “Philadelphia Municipal Airport” in 1927, but the Depression delayed its terminal building for a decade.
The airport serves 31.7 million passengers annually, making it the 21st busiest airport in the U.S.  Enjoy PHL showcases entertainers onstage in the B/C and F food courts as well as strolling thru the terminals. Just Plane Fun features appearances by Philadelphia’s Mummers string bands, beauty care demos, artist demonstrations, historical impersonators, caricaturists, etc.

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This story originally appeared in the Nov./Dec. 2021 issue of Exhibit City News, p. 24-25. For original layout, visit

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