News Article - December 30, 2008, 2008

  Philadelphia International Airport opened its new Terminal D/E Connector to passengers on Tuesday, which features new security checkpoints to reduce waiting time by travelers. The new connector will serve travelers using Terminals D and E, which account for one-quarter of the passengers at the airport.

   Passengers will now pass through a combined 14-lane security checkpoint, which is equipped with state-of-the-art x-ray technology to enhance baggage screening and reduce wait time in security lines, the airport said. Once through security checkpoints, passengers have access to a wine bar and a mix of new concessions featuring national and local merchants.

   The project is the first phase of a $300 million project, which when completed in 2010 will have added a total of 222,000 square feet to the 2.4 million square foot terminal complex. The project includes the addition of 23 additional ticket counter positions in the two ticket lobbies, a 50,000 square foot baggage makeup area with eight explosive detection system machines, a fan-shaped extension at the end of Concourse E with three new aircraft gates and a 9,000 square-foot D/E bag claim connector with two carousels.

   Southwest Airlines has gates in Terminal D and E. Air Tran, United Airlines, Continental Airlines and Air Canada are all in Terminal D and Northwest Airlines is in Terminal E.

Source - Philadelphia Business Journal