Philadelphia Airport

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Overview of Airport

Philadelphia Airport, also known as its airport code PHL is an important east coast airport that serves the greater Philadelphia region. This airport is used by over 30 million passengers annually. The airport PHL ranks twenty on the list of the busiest in the United States. This airport is located 7 miles from Philadelphia.

Statistics and Facts

There are approximately 500 daily departures and 25 airlines flying to approx 40 international and 100 domestic destinations, giving you a total of about 140 destination options to fly to.

Philadelphia International Airport served more than 30,000,000 passengers in 2019, before Covid. It employs about 20, 000 personnel, including gate agents, security, baggage handlers, and aircraft ground crews.

The airport comprises 7 terminals/concourses, with 126 gates and jetways

In the State of Pennsylvania, PHL Airport is the largest airport. American airlines rank the airport fifth in terms of its hub size.

PHL employs over 16,000 workers from ticket agents to ground operations, to security and air traffic control.

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Traveling Tips

· You must arrive at the airport 2 hours before your domestic flight to ensure that you do not miss your flight. The suggested arrival time to the airport for international travelers is 3 hours.

· All terminals at PHL are connected, so you can walk between them.

· You may sleep in any public areas, or at the airline boarding areas.

· If flying Southwest, Jetblue, or Frontier from terminal E during peak times, walk over to terminal F as the check-in lines for security are shorter.

· To get a feel of where the Philadelphia airport gates, airlines and amenities are located and how to get around, check out the Philadelphia terminal map.

Important Notice: Philadelphia International Airport will pilot a program to use biometric exit screening technologies.


Passenger Pickup and Drop off

  • The Philadelphia Airport premises have a cell phone waiting area where motorists can pick up passengers.

    It is recommended that drivers park their cars in the lot, which is about a five-minute drive from the airport.


Flight Status


Airport Terminals

There are a total of seven terminal buildings within the Philadelphia airport. Within these there are 7 concourses, and 124 gates at the airport. If you want to check out additional information or terminal locations, you can refer to the Philadelphia Airport terminal map.

· Terminal A-West: There are a total of thirteen gates that are present at this terminal. The gates have a sequence from A14 to A26.

· Terminal A-East: In the existing terminal, the American Airlines functions. There are a total of 11 gates at this terminal, ranging from A2 to A13.

· Terminal B and C: Both of these terminals are used by American Airlines. There is also a food court present between the terminals. A famous shopping mall is also present here.

· Terminal D: serves, Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines, and Alaska Airlines

· Terminal E: There are a total of 17 gates that are present at this terminal.

· Terminal F: There are 38 gates at this terminal.


Airlines Served

There are a total of 25 airlines currently running from the Philadelphia airport. The dominant carrier is American Airlines.

Here is the complete list of the airlines serving the Philadelphia airport.


Airport Parking

There are three parking options at the Philadelphia airport: short-term parking, garage parking, and the economy parking facilities. You cannot park your vehicles overnight in the short term parking.

Short-Term Parking

The ground level of the parking is only available for terminal A and F.

Here are the rates of short-term parking.

Garage and MasterCard Parking

You can check the rates here.

There are charging stations at the Philadelphia airport. Click here to get adequate information about the charging stations.


Ground Transport

Passengers arriving at the airport have a few options to reach their next destination, including train, bus and taxis services. Moreover, passengers may choose the option of hiring rides from the car rentals that are present with them.

· Train: SEPTA provides frequent and good transportation through trains between the airport and Philadelphia. There is a halt of the train at every terminal, excluding terminal A west. You can check here more information about the services.

· Bus: Top quality bus services are there on three routes from Philadelphia airport. SEPTA makes sure to provide passengers the directions of their choices. Moreover, vast numbers of Airport bus services.

· Taxi: If you are looking for the fastest means of transport among all of them, taxis can be the right option. The rides are available at an economical cost and will save a lot of time. You can locate taxis from zone 5 of the commercial transportation roadway.

If you want to know more information, you can visit our ground transportation tips page.


Amenities and Services

For making your stay comfortable and fun, the Philadelphia airport provides you enough services and amenities that include:

· Bars and Restaurants

· Shops

· Travelex

· Spa

· Charging Stations

· Mother’s Nursing Rooms

· Wi-Fi and Art Exhibitions


Contact Information

Address: 8000 Essington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19153, United States

Phone: +1 215-937-6937

Website: http://www.phl.org/Pages/HomePage.aspx

TSA’s Lost and Found at the Airport:

Phone: 610-521-7206

Email: [email protected]


Philadelphia Airport: A Brief History Timeline

· The current location of the airport was in use as the training airfield of the Pennsylvania National Guard in the year 1925.

· The airport came into use by the United States Army and Air Forces during the world war. It was then in use as the first air force training airfield.

· During the years of 1970, 1973, and 1977, with total costs of $310 million, Terminals B, C, D, and E were completed

· Numerous airline hubs have been at the Philadelphia airport. During the years of the 1980s, US Airways came out as a significant carrier before being merged into United.  

Traveler Help

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Newest Questions

How long to get from Terminal A to Terminal F?

Asked by Anthony - Thu, 19 May

To walk from Terminal A to Terminal F is about 1.3 miles (approximately 30 minutes). You can also take the free shuttle bus which will only take around 5 minutes once it departs. 

How do I get from the Marriott to Terminal A Gate 23?

Asked by Anne Marie De - Thu, 5 May

Are you staying at the Airport Marriot? That hotel is attached to Terminal B, but it is easy to walk to all Terminals at this airport. Here's an Airport Map for more information

Where are the smoking areas in the arrival section?

Asked by Robert - Fri, 8 April

Smoking is unfortunately not permitted anywhere on airport grounds.

What's the phone number for baggage pick up lost bags recovery?

Asked by kathleen - Tue, 5 April

You must contact your airline directly for any lost luggage issues. Best of luck!

Can you check in for an American flight in both B and C terminals?

Asked by Nancy - Sun, 13 March

American operates out of multiple terminals at this airport, but you should check in at the terminal that your flight leaves from. Please check with American on where your flight departs from. 

We are planning a 6 day trip down to Orlando is there long term parking at the airport ?

Asked by Shawn Evans - Sat, 12 March

Economy Parking is currently closed. However, parking is available offsite at several private short and long-term facilities in close proximity to the airport. Learn more about parking options. 

Are the Minute suites open and what is the cost?

Asked by Mary - Wed, 23 February

Minute Suites is currently closed for renovations. Please check back later for hours or operation. 

What terminal for departing american airlines flights?

Asked by Richard Caspersen - Tue, 15 February

American operates out of Terminal A-East, B/C and Terminal F at this airport. 

I have to pick up someone coming on a Delta flight on Terminal D and other person on AA coming on Terminal B. Is the baggage collection area same or different? can you walk from one collection area to the another?

Asked by Navin - Sun, 6 February

Unfortunately, it’s different. Your bags will arrive to Customs baggage claim. And for your convenience, it will be easier to re-check it right by the Customs exit because B and D baggage claims are separate and located in different terminals. And yes, you can walk to B and D baggage claims.

Arriving at Terminal F. Where do I go to pick up the shuttle?

Asked by Diane - Fri, 4 February

The free shuttle connecting Terminal F F with Terminals A, B, C, D, & E is found directly outside Terminal F's arrivals level.  They run about 20 mins apart, so you may want to consider walking if your departing terminal is close.

Which Terminal will my PSA Airlines leave from tomorrow evening?

Asked by Sheila Mary Knight - Sun, 30 January

As being part of American Airlines, PSA Airlines uses American's Terminal F for flight departures and arrivals.

How early can i enter the airport for my 6:00 AM flight?

Asked by Tess Eichenberger - Tue, 1 February

Hours vary depending on what Terminal you are flying out of. Click here for Security Hours and more information. 

Can you check-in for an American Airlines flight to Cancun in terminal A?

Asked by Thomas Morrison - Thu, 27 January

Flights operated by American Airlines depart from Terminal A. Check-in, baggage check, and ticketing kiosks are located within terminal A's East and West areas.

Where is parking for terminal D?

Asked by Michael - Sun, 23 January

Parking for Terminal D is located directly across terminal C-D, and can be accessed from the main service road off I95, or by crossing over from the Terminal C-D area to the lot.

Can I print documents at airport from my laptop?Covid test results.

Asked by Kishore - Mon, 17 January

Located between Terminal A-to-B connector, you may print documents at the UPS store there. 

Walk time between Gate F20 and Gate B6?

Asked by Clarissa Shaffer - Thu, 13 January

It takes 10-15 minutes to walk this distance. Exit through customs and security, continue straight out of Terminal F through walkway, continue straight past Terminal E, take 2nd left into walkway and then continue on walkway by taking first right, continue past terminal C and then take next left into Terminal B. There is also a shuttle which can take as few as 5 mins or as much as 15, depending on the wait.

Does American Airlines have a check in station at terminal A

Asked by Tom - Sun, 9 January

Yes. American Airlines operates out of terminal A, but also B, C, & F.  You may check-in for your flight depending on which terminal your departure is from.

How to go from gate F39 to gate B7 eith about 1h20 connection time?

Asked by Roland Rama - Sat, 1 January

To get from Terminal F to B: Exit through security, continue straight to Terminal F through the walkway. Then continue straight past Terminal E and take the 2nd left into the walkway. Then continue on walkway by taking first right, continue past terminal C and then take next left into Terminal B. It will take approximately 13 minute. 

How do I pick up someone arriving at terminal E after they pick up luggage?

Asked by Art Barrett - Sat, 1 January

Your best bet is to wait at the cell phone parking lot, then when your passenger arrives have them call or text you, then proceed to the Arrivals area.

What airlines are served in Terminal B (adjacent to the Marriott Hotel)?

Asked by John - Wed, 29 December

Terminal B serves various airlines that include American, British Airways, & Lufthansa.  A complete list can be found here.

Where can I park for Terminal F?

Asked by Gerard marhefka - Sun, 28 November

You can park in Garage E-F. If you put Garage E/F in your GPS, it will lead you there. 

Which terminal is for Southwest arrivals?

Asked by kathleen dalin - Sun, 21 November

Southwest Airlines operates out of Terminal E.

Coming in terminal baggage claim 10, where should Uber be told to go for pick up?

Asked by June Pongia - Wed, 17 November

At this airport, ride share app (including Uber)  pick-up zones are located are located outside of each Baggage Claim area on S. Commercial Road. Just exit the baggage claim and follow the signs to ride share zone. 

Is there long term parking on site?

Asked by Pedro - Wed, 3 November

Economy Parking is currently closed. We apologize for any inconvenience. Parking is available offsite at several private short and long-term lots located in close proximity to the airport. Operators provide shuttles to/from the for patrons.

How long does it take to walk from the domestic American gates to the International American gates?

Asked by Eileen - Mon, 1 November

Once you are through security, you can take American’s shuttle from Terminal F to Terminal A. The International gates in A-West are about a five minute walk. Walking from Terminal F to A-West is about 30-40 minutes (depending on how fast you walk).

We are leaving from terminal F.Can we be dropped off at terminal F and check bag there and go through security there?

Asked by Carol - Mon, 1 November

You can check in at Terminal F and proceed through the security checkpoint there. The checkpoint is open.

I’m flying out of terminal F with only carry on luggage. Is there security checkpoint at that terminal or do I need to go to the central terminal for security?

Asked by Curtis - Sun, 31 October

Yes, you can check in at Terminal F and proceed through the security checkpoint there. The checkpoint is open.

Arriving from Turks and Caicos, and then flying to PVD. Do we have to move our bags or will the airline take care of that? We are flying American

Asked by Pauline - Fri, 29 October

While going through Customs, you’ll need to pick up your bags. Because it’s your point of entry into the country and in case you’ll need to declare anything. The re-check counters located right after you’ll exit Customs area.

Is there a designated smoking area?

Asked by Justine - Thu, 28 October

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in this airport.

Taking train to Philadelphia airport. Going to terminal F. Does the train stop there?

Asked by Diane - Sat, 23 October

Yes - the last stop is Terminals E and F- you’ll need to walk outside to get to Terminal F.

Do you have business centers to make a private call?

Asked by Courtney - Mom - Wed, 20 October

There is no general use business center in the airport. Some of the airline lounges might allow for a day pass, but they would be your best option aside from finding a quiet corner of the terminal. 

What does it cost to rent a baggage cart?

Asked by lance kocontes - Wed, 20 October

Smarte Carte's typically cost in the $4-6 range, and this can vary by airport. You might want to try to get a "free" one by dropping off in the baggage claim area instead of departures. You would then have to make your way to gates if you have a ticket, or to the ticketing counters. 

Flying American Airlines 6074 out of terminal F tomorrow. Can bags be checked curbside?

Asked by Jim - Sun, 17 October

Curbside checkin is usually available but you will need to verify with American. To use curbside checkin, you will need to have a confirmed ticket/reservation, using a credit or debit card to pay bag charges, and are travelling domestically. 

Who operates baggage cart vending $5 machines at airport?

Asked by Valerie - Sat, 16 October

Smarte Carte operates the machines at this and many other US-based airports. Prices may vary.

Is sidewalk check in available?

Asked by Ashok B Patel - Fri, 15 October

Curbside check in is available based on airline you are traveling with, traveler volume, and destination. For example, American Airlines offers curbside for domestic but not International passengers. It is best to check directly with your airline to get curbside availability and hours. 

Where is Zone 6 in terminal E to pick up my Delaware Express Shutttle ride?

Asked by Helane - Thu, 14 October

Hi. Zone 6 is on the Commercial Roadway side of baggage claim in all terminals. Follow the signs for Uber/Lyft (Zone 7). Zone 6 pick up is directly across the road from the Uber/Lyft pick up stand.

Can I walk from Terminal C to Terminal F?

Asked by patty ann - Thu, 14 October

Yes, just head out into Terminal C main area, turn right, continue into a walkway, turn left, then take next right, continue past Terminal E into another walkway, go through security and customs, enter Terminal F.  Walk time is approx. 11 min.

When I land in Philadelphia from Hartford on American Airlines I need to get my bag and then depart with Alaska Airlines. It looks like I will land in terminal A or B (probably B) so wonder how to get to D to check my bag without having to go through TSA again? Can I just go back up into terminal B and walk through to D? I read on the map that there is a post security walkway.

Asked by June Shirey - Sat, 9 October

If you need to collect your checked bag, then there is no way to skip TSA checkpoint. Baggage claims are outside of secured area. Thus, after collecting your luggage, you'll need to walk from A or B to D on a baggage claim side(short and easy walk) or cross back over to departure side where you'll have options to walk or take a Cargo bus to D. Once the bags are checked in with the next carrier, you'll need to go through TSA checkpoint and then to your gate. Bags need to be checked in before TSA, as you can only take through carry on and personal items.

I am coming into FLL from Las Vegas on American. They said I have to change terminals to get to my next flight on American Eagle which comes into 2 possible terminals. If I have to get to Terminal F how do u get there?

Asked by Patricia DeRose - Wed, 6 October

All the Terminals are connected on a secured side. And you can walk or take a shuttle bus to terminal F.

What terminals does American Airlines fly into and out of for domestic flights?

Asked by Cathy - Sun, 3 October

American Airlines uses the following terminals at this airport: A-West , A-East, B/C. Please check with American for your specific flight information or track your flight here.

What is the walk time between gates A-west and Terminal F?

Asked by Brian - Sat, 2 October

Walk time is approx. 22 min. Head out into Terminal A main area, turn right and continue down walkway, walk past Terminal B and Terminal C, continue into another walkway, turn left, then take next right, continue past Terminal E into another walkway, go through security and customs, enter Terminal F. 

is there a store that sells Rowan Univeristy sweatshirts?

Asked by Jan Peake - Fri, 1 October

We do not have a shop that sells local college merchandise specifically, however, you might be able to find something in the Sports store in the B/C Connector, but it’s probably a long shot. Sorry!

What level is the skybridge to the Marriott hotel?

Asked by Richard Lasiewski - Thu, 30 September

The hotel is connected to the airport on the second level- the same level as the security checkpoint for terminal B. Baggage Claim for Terminals B and D are not connected, however, they are a short walk from each other.

Where is zone 6 located on map for Terminal A?

Asked by MARY ANN ANN SCHILIRO - Thu, 30 September

We are assuming you are trying to pick passenger(s) up at the airport using the "Arrivals Road". The zones are not shown on any maps we have seen, however, Terminal A passengers would be the first building/structure and the zones would be shown clearly on signs as you drive through. Here's more info on picking up passengers at PHL

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Philadelphia Airport Q&A

On airport parking at PHL airport can range from $24 to $44 per day, depending on the lot you use. Off-airport PHL parking is almost always more affordable with rates at $10/day or less. 

The location of the Philadelphia airport from New York is about 197 miles and will take you about three hours.
Philadelphia airport is a hub of American Airlines.
You can sleep in the airport as it is open 24 hours.
 The best time to fly to Philadelphia is from March to May.