Now the Philadelphia International Airport can once again live up to its name. International flights started landing again at the airport Monday, writes Pat Ralph for phillyvoice.com.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said travelers from restricted countries will no longer have to land at select U.S. airports and subject themselves to enhanced health screenings.
Since the pandemic started in March, only 15 airports nationwide have been allowed to host international passengers.
Philadelphia did not make the list.
That is no longer the case.
Philadelphia International Airport CEO Charlie Cameron expressed his appreciation to the CDC, the White House, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, members of Congress, along with the regional business community for helping return transatlantic flights to the airport.
American Airlines has already agreed to restore PHL as its international hub.
The local economy is infused with about $2 billion each year from international travel.
“With the restored status, we are poised to rebuild and restore these critical international links that serve as major economic drivers not only for Philadelphia, but for surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, too,” Cameron said.
Read more about international flights returning to the airport here.
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