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April 22, 2015

Philadelphia Int'l Airport expansion moving forward

Officials are scheduled to sign paperwork resolving lawsuits over the project at noon Wednesday

Officials are scheduled to sign paperwork resolving lawsuits that have stalled a multibillion-dollar Philadelphia International Airport project at noon Wednesday, is reporting.

The long-awaited expansion and modernization of the airport, called the Capacity Enhancement Program, is anticipated to improve operational efficiencies, connectivity and every aspect of customer experience; strengthen a vital regional economic engine and further elevate the greater Philadelphia region’s status as a global destination, according to the Philadelphia International Airport’s website.

“Philadelphia International Airport is the economic engine for all of Southeastern Pennsylvania,” Mayor Michael Nutter said in a statement. “This expansion program is critical to the economic health and growth of our entire region.” 

Current plans include extending the runway by 1,500 feet, designing a new Automated People Mover (APM) system that can move travelers between terminals quickly and conveniently, redesigning several terminals and more.

The project is expected to be completed in phases over the next 12 to 15 years and funded through airport revenue bonds, passenger facility charges, Federal Airport Improvement Program grants and other airport revenues. No local tax dollars will be used to fund the improvements.

Read the full Capacity Enhancement Program outline here.