News Article - September 04, 2008


  The Federal Aviation Administration will hold meetings in Tinicum and Philadelphia next week on the proposed Capacity Enhancement Program at Philadelphia International Airport. The FAA is preparing a draft environmental impact statement to evaluate potential effects of the program. The meetings are 6-9 p.m. Monday in the Tinicum School gymnasium, 91 Seneca St., Essington, Tinicum, and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Eastwick at the Meadows, 6630 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia.

  The city of Philadelphia, owner/operator of the airport, is proposing the project to enhance airport capacity in order to accommodate current and future aviation demand in the Philadelphia metropolitan area during all weather conditions. The environmental impact statement will be available for public review at the end of September. The FAA is hosting a series of informational meetings to give the public an opportunity to review the results of the environmental impact analyses - such as noise, air quality, wetlands - and of the enhancement program alternatives.

  The Capacity Enhancement Program should not be confused with the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia Metropolitan Airspace Redesign Project, which affects aircraft movements in the airspace in the latter regions. That project was the subject of a separate environmental impact statement and received a Record of Decision in September 2007. Relevant aspects of the Airspace Redesign impact statement are addressed in the Philadelphia Airport enhancement program and its draft statement.

Source - Delco Times