PHL Airport

Facts and History

peoplePhiladelphia International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country and the largest in the Delaware Valley. It sits on 2,370 acres and features seven terminals, four runways, and flight departures to over 120 cities worldwide. The airport was built in 1940 and was referred to as Philadelphia Municipal Airport. Before that, the land (known then as “Hog Island”) was used as a training area by both the Pennsylvania National Guard and the U.S. Army Air Forces. The airport returned to civil patrol and became Philadelphia International Airport in 1945 when it began offering flights to Europe.

diningThe Shops

There are over 160 shops and eateries throughout the seven terminals of PHL Airport, including Philadelphia’s famous Chickie’s and Pete’s, The Gap, Au Bon Pain, Brooks Brothers, Jack Duggan’s Pub, Swarovski, and more. The airport’s B/C Terminal Connector even resembles a small shopping mall and features 30 retail shops along with a large food court.


awardsPHL Airport has won numerous awards throughout the years, including:

  • “Employer of the Year” by the Women’s Transportation Seminar
  • “Best Specialty Retail Program” by the North American Airports Council International
  • The “Green Vision Award” by the PENJERDEL Council
  • Recognition as one of the “Top 10 Healthiest Airports in America” by Health Magazine
  • The “Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence” by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council
  • Recognition as one of the nation’s best airports by The Wall Street Journal

Art at the Airport

In 1988, PHL Airport established a visual arts campaign called the Exhibitions Program that features various art exhibitions throughout the airport. The exhibitions feature artists and arts institutions in the Philadelphia area and change throughout the year to give travelers a taste of the city’s art culture.

PHL Airport Parking

When it comes to PHL Airport parking, there are 4 parking garages and an Economy Lot to park in. The lower level of each parking garage is reserved for short-term parking and the upper levels of each parking garage, along with the Economy Lot, are reserved for overnight parking.