Philadelphia Intl Airport Information
Philadelphia International Airport is primarily located within the city of Philadelphia. The western end of the airfield and the international terminal are housed in Tinicum Township in Delaware County. It is the largest airport in the Delaware Valley region as well as in the state of Pennsylvania. The airport offers flights to the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. It serves as the primary international hub and third largest hub of US Airways.
As of 2010, the Philadelphia International Airport ranks as the 12th busiest airport in the world. In 2011, they had nearly 461,000 aircraft movements and just over 30 million passengers.
The current airfield site was first used as a training airfield in 1925. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh named the location as the "Philadelphia Municipal Airport." The first official terminal building was constructed in 1940. After this construction was completed, the airport started to offer flights through Eastern, American, United, and TWA. The airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces as a First Air Force training airfield throughout World War II. In 1945, when American Overseas Airlines first started offering direct European flights, the airport was established as Philadelphia International.
The Philadelphia International Airport consists of seven terminal buildings. These buildings are split into seven concourses, each of which has a separate letter. There are 130 gates total. Terminals A through E are all connected to one another with Terminal F separate. There is an area between Concourses B and C that contains a number of shopping and dining options.
As of 2012, the airport is working on plans for a new multilevel building connecting Terminals D and E, an addition to Terminal E that will be 50,000 square feet, interior renovations for both terminals as well as the connecting heating and cooling facility, and a connector building in between Baggage Claims D and E that will be 9,000 square feet.