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.