Historical Philadelphia is widely recognized as the nation's birthplace. You can expect, then, that Philadelphia International Airport is pretty busy. Getting around the hustle and bustle might seem like a hassle, but it's actually easy to navigate.
Located roughly 7 miles from downtown Philly, Philadelphia International Airport is connected to the city via the South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's (SEPTA) high-speed railway. You can also visit the airport's official site at http://www.phl.org/, or look it up on Google Maps for directions on how to get there.
A major hub for US Airways, Philadelphia International Airport also services over twenty airlines - each offering a number of nonstop domestic and international flights - distributed across 6 terminals.
- Terminal A West houses Air France, British Airways, international flights of US Airways, and Lufthansa.
- Terminal A East services Air Jamaica, American Airlines, American Eagle. Frontier, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Midwest Airlines, and USA 3000 and charters.
- Terminal B/C is where America West/US Airways primarily operate.
- Terminal D services Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Continental Airlines. Continental Express, United Airlines and United Express.
- Terminal E services Northwest Airlines and Southwest Airlines.
- Terminal F services US Airways Express
If your flight connects from regional to international, or vice-versa, you might have to travel between Terminals A and F. If you do, make sure you allocate traveling time between terminals - they're pretty far apart, and some travelers recommend allocating an extra thirty minutes for the trip, even when taking a shuttle.
While you're at the airport, try to stop by the Philadelphia Marketplace at Terminal B/C. Its website boasts that "Everything you need is here," and it's certainly close to living up to that promise. A multitude of shops and restaurants await you, including fashion outlets, electronics stores, and news centers. The area even has its own website, http://www.philamarketplace.com/index.cfm, to help you find what you're looking for.
You'll also notice a lot of art displays throughout the terminals. In July 1998, the airport initiated its very own Exhibitions program meant to humanize the airport environment by adding a touch of culture and color. There's a wide variety of art forms to tickle your senses, from arts and crafts, to design and photography. Philadelphia International Airport is one of the few airports in the entire world that holds temporary art exhibitions.
If you have the unfortunate experience of losing something at the airport, head to the Lost&Found in the Communications Center. You can get there by going through the Departures Roadway in between Terminal C and Terminal D. You can also call the Lost&Found at 215-937-6888. It's also possible that you might leave your things at the security checkpoints. In case you do, you can contact the Transportation Security Administration Lost & Found at (610)521-7206. Office hours are on weekdays, from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
If you'd like a more detailed guide to the airport, you can obtain one of their very helpful brochures at any of their Information Counters or contacting 215-937-5433. You can also download PDF's of the brochures at http://www.phl.org/request_brochure.html.