Philadelphia International serves as a very important gateway to the southern area of Pennsylvania, and is one of the largest airports in the United States of America. The airport has been allocated the IATA code of PHL, in order to distinguish it from similar establishments, and is located on the banks of the Delaware River, mostly in Philadelphia, but also partly in the Tinicum Township of Delaware County. Passengers on Philadelphia International Airport arrival flights have access to all the facilities they require, and large selection of options for ground transportation.
The airport of PHL can be reached directly from many countries of the world, and especially from a large number of cites in the United States of America. There are international flights available from Frankfurt and Munich in Germany, Manchester and London in the United Kingdom, Paris in France, Montreal and Toronto in Canada, Cancun in Mexico, Madrid in Spain and Rome in Italy. About 4.3 million of the airport’s passengers are on international flights. The airline companies offering flights from these parts of the world to Philadelphia include British Airways, Lufthansa, US Airways, Delta Air Lines, Air Canada, Air France and Frontier Airlines.
Domestic flights are handled by some of the above-mentioned airline companies as well. The airport is the third largest hub for US Airways, with flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Orlando, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, Phoenix, Denver, Los Angeles, Detroit and many other cities. These are the top ten domestic routes served by the airport. Many more flights from a large selection of US cities also arrive by the airline companies of American Eagle, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Virgin America, AirTran Airways, US Airways Express and United Airlines.
The terminal of arrival will mainly depend on the airline company operating the flight, but also the origin of the flight. All international arrivals are handled in Terminal A-West, which is therefore considered as the international terminal of the airport, although US Airways has a few domestic flights from here as well. It was completed in 2003, and took over international operations from Terminal A-East. Flights from Canada, however, will be treated as domestic, since that the main airports of this country all have US border preclearance facilities. Passengers on flights from Canada may arrive at Terminal D or E. In total, the airport has seven terminal buildings, the majority of which are within walking distance of one another.
Passengers on connection flights may be able to remain on the airside of the terminal buildings, as there are shuttle buses available for transfers as well as moving walkways. The shuttle services are free of charge, and used for access between Terminals A, B and C and Terminal F.
Facilities of Philadelphia International Airport include banking services and ATMs, currency exchange services, lost and found offices, free Wi-Fi connections and children’s play areas. Between the Terminals B and C there is a large area where many of the airport’s shops and restaurants can be found, known as the Philadelphia Marketplace. In each of the terminals’ baggage reclaim areas passengers have access to Ground Transportation Information desks which can provide useful information regarding travel into the city. The airport is one of those in America with its own railway platforms, and therefore transit by trains is very convenient and popular. The trains run to some of the main stations within the city of Philadelphia, including Suburban Station in the downtown area. A ticket for the trains will cost just $7.00 per passenger. Additional stations served include the 30th Street Station and Market East, which is the furthest station on the airport’s train route. Passengers arriving at these stations have access to the city’s subway lines, regional rail lines, Amtrak train services and public bus services.
SEPTA is Philadelphia’s public transit company, and offers bus services from the airport as well. Various routes are available at frequent intervals. Alternatively, arriving passengers can arrange a private shuttle, and perhaps be taken directly to their destination, or they could take a taxi from outside their terminal building. Taxis are always available and do not require a reservation. To the city centre of Philadelphia, a set taxi fare is applicable, but prices of all other journeys will be determined by the taxi meter.
Many of the airport’s passengers prefer a private vehicle in which to travel the appealing city of Philadelphia, and therefore rent a car from their favourite car hire company. The companies available at the airport include Hertz, Budget, Avis, National, Alamo, Thrifty, Dollar, Europcar, Enterprise, Auto Europa and Easycar. They all offer high quality vehicles, competitive car rental rates and services which help to expedite a smooth rental process. The car hire companies are accessed by free shuttle services from Zone 2 of the ground transportation areas of the terminal buildings.
Live Philadelphia International arrival flights can be viewed online, or the airport can be contacted for further information at 215-937-6937.
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