Wednesday, May 6, 2015

PHL today: Longer runway open, security grant

Two developments involving PHL today:

PHL today: Longer runway open, security grant

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Two developments involving PHL today:

City, airport and FAA officials cut a ribbon to mark the opening of the extension to Runway 17-35, the north-south landing strip on the east end of the air field. The $70 million project increased the runway's length of 6,500 feet, making it useable by more regional jets and other narrow-bodied jets. Airport officials the runway is already helping reduce air-traffic delays.

Also, Sens. Arlen Specter and Bob Casey announced that PHL and Erie International Airport will share $3.1 million in funding from the Department of Homeland Security for new explosive-detection and advanced technology X-ray machines. The grants were from economic-stimulus funds approved by Congress earlier this year.

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