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What are some facts about Philadelphia International Airport?

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Some facts about Philadelphia International Airport are that it is abbreviated PHL, it generates more than $14.4 billion in spending to the regional economy and it takes up a land area of 2,394 acres, says the airport's website. Philadelphia International is comprised of seven terminals with 126 total boarding gates.

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Philadelphia International Airport didn't have an actual terminal building until 1940. The site was actually used as a training airfield by the Pennsylvania National Guard and the United States Air Force during World War II. Originally named the Philadelphia Municipal Airport by Charles Lindbergh, it attained its present name in 1945.

Today, flights travel to and from the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East. The airport is home to fifteen major airlines and several connection brands, and is the primary international hub of US Airways. There are four separate runways at PHL.

Over 30,000 passengers travel through PHL each year, and the airport contains over 160 restaurants and shops. The American Red Cross recognizes the airport's health and safety programs and the Airport Revenue News named it the “Airport with the Best Concessions Management Team.” The airport's food and shops also received “Best Specialty Retail Program” by the Airports Council International.

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