FAA approves major expansion of Philadelphia International Airport

FAA approves major expansion of Philadelphia International Airport

Philadelphia has received clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin a major $5.2 billion expansion of its international airport, reports UPI.

The decision to approve the expansion came after years of planning and studies into the environmental impact of the larger airport. The planned improvements are reportedly expected to help solve the frequent delays and facilitate growth in traffic and capacity over the next 50 years.

The Philadelphia International Airport had 472,668 takeoffs and landings in 2009, serving approximately 30 million people.

As part of the expansion, which is set to be completed by 2025, airport authorities are expected to add a fifth runway along the banks of the Delaware River as well as extend two currently existing ones. Other planned additions include a commuter terminal, an automated people mover, a ground transportation hub and new gates and parking spaces.

Airport chief executive Mark Gale told the source that the expansion would allow passengers to have "the comforts and amenities they find at other airports today, and the ability to move in and out of Philadelphia more efficiently."

By Christopher Straub

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