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Northeast Philadelphia Airport


Northeast Philadelphia Airport

The United States Army begins construction of a base of Air Corps Operations on 545 acres in the Northeast section of Philadelphia. Construction was never completed and the United States Government turned the facility over to the City of Philadelphia in 1944. The City then began the job of finishing the facility for civilian commercial operations.

Due to the closing of Philadelphia Municipal Airport, now known as Philadelphia International Airport, the City of Philadelphia was without air service from December 1943 to June 1945. Commercial air service was restored to Philadelphia with the opening of Philadelphia Northeast Airport in June 1945.

By City Ordinance, Philadelphia Northeast Airport is redesignated as North Philadelphia Airport.

North Philadelphia Airport ranks 21st in the nation in airfreight tonnage handled.

North Philadelphia Airport opens its new $93,000 fire station. Designated Engine 18, the new fire unit consists of 33 firefighters, one pumper truck and one jeep.
The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA), the predecessor to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) takes over operation of the North Philadelphia Airport Control Tower. From the opening of the Airport in 1945 until 1957, the control tower was operated by City of Philadelphia personnel.. The transfer of responsibility from the City to the CAA saves the City $30,000 annually in personnel salaries.

North Philadelphia Airport handles more than 75,000 landings and takeoffs.

Due to the construction of Horn and Hardart on Blue Grass Road and Whitman Chocolates on Grant Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard, Runway 10-28 is abandoned and decommissioned. Runway 6-24 is extended from 5000 feet to 7000 feet of usable runway.

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North Philadelphia Airport handles more than 173,000 landings and takeoffs.

In September 1973, Allegheny Commuter, serviced by Ransome Airlines, begins regional commuter service from North Philadelphia Airport. The Airport also increases its Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting service to include one additional water and foam fire truck. The station is now designated Engine 76.

City Ordinance is amended changing the name of North Philadelphia Airport to Northeast Philadelphia Airport.

Augusta Aviation Corporation opens its Northeast Service Center at northeast Philadelphia Airport. The center is located in the North Philadelphia Aviation Center (NORPAC) located at Red Lion & Norcom Roads.

Augusta Aviation Corporation announces the relocation of its North American headquarters from Bucks County to Northeast Philadelphia Airport.

Northeast Philadelphia Airport, without commuter flights since the mid 1980's, relinquishes its Federal Aviation Administration, Part 139 Certification. Relinquishing this certificate results in the closing of the fire station and the firefighters of Engine 76 are reassigned to other Philadelphia Fire Department companies.

Trans World Express (TWE) announces service from Philadelphia to John F. Kennedy Airport and nine East Coast and Midwest cities. Northeast Philadelphia Airport is designated as the administrative and training base for TWE.

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Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) establishes the Northeast Philadelphia Airport Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is made up of community civic leaders and chaired by City Councilman Brian O'Neill. The council's chief role is to inform and involve the community in the planning and development of PNE.

TWE, a commuter service owned by TWA and servicing Philadelphia International Airport , announces it will cease operations on November 6, 1995. Northeast Philadelphia Airport, which provided hanger and office space for maintenance and flight training, loses one of its prime tenants.

Northeast Philadelphia Airport handles 201,568 total operations.

The Airport enters into a lease/purchase agreement with Liberty Properties, Inc. for the development of approximately 95 acres. A portion of the site is being developed for a 1,000,000 square foot distribution facility for TJX Companies, Inc. Along with the development, TJX anticipates creating approximately 1100 jobs.

Comcast-Spectacor and the Airport enter into a long-term lease agreement for approximately 12 acres of land for the construction of two indoor ice hockey rinks. Designated the Polonia Bank Flyers Skate Zone, the facility will be devoted to promoting ice skating in the Philadelphia community.

Atlantic Aviation relocates offices and operations to the renovated mail terminal building.

The Division of Aviation relocates administrative, security and operations offices to the building formerly occupied by Quaker City Institute of Aviation.

Taxiway D is commissioned on September 7, 2001. The taxiway connects Runway 6-24 with Taxiway L, allowing aircraft landing on Runway 24 to exit the landing strip without crossing Runway 15-33.

The Polonia Bank Flyers Skate Zone opens on Norcom Road in September 2001.

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Quaker City Institute of Aviation, an airframe and power plant school, constructed a building housing administrative offices and classrooms on 4.1 acres of land at the corner of Grant Avenue and Academy Road. Quaker changes its name to Aviation Institute of Maintenance.

A memorial Butterfly Garden is completed. The Airport collaborated with the Compassionate Friends of Northeast Philadelphia to construct the garden.

Phase I of the perimeter path project begins along a 1.4 mile stretch of Grant Avenue, Academy and Red Lion Road. 


ACE/INA, an insurance company headquartered in Philadelphia, completes construction of a corporate hangar.

Agusta Aerospace completes its first production facility for its Kiola helicopter. The facility brings an additional 100 jobs to the community.

Phase 2 of the perimeter path project is completed along Red Lion and part of Decatur Road.

The Airport opened Taxiway E, connecting Taxiway F to the approach end of Runway 6, and opened another portion of Taxiway D, connecting Taxiway L to the approach end of Runway 15. The new and added taxiways allow aircraft to use the full length of the runways without having to "back taxi."

The Airport's new vehicle storage and maintenance building was completed.

Washington Savings Bank constructed a branch along with its headquarters on the corner of Comly and Norcom roads.

Taxiway C was commissioned, giving Runway 15-33 a full-length taxiway on the east side of the landing strip. The new taxiway will improve traffic flow and reduce runway crossings.

Wawa opened a store and 6-fuel pump gas station on Grant Avenue and Blue Grass Road.

Phase 3 of the perimeter path project was completed along a portion of Decatur Road, Comly Road and Norcom Road.

Agusta completed construction of a second production plant consisting of a 50,000 square foot facility and a 60,000 square foot warehouse. The addition of the new plant produced more jobs, bringing the total number of Agusta employees to 500.  

Construction was completed on Phase IV of the Airport's Perimeter Path along Norcom Road from the Washington Savings Bank to the entrance of Southwark Metal on Red Lion Road.
Augusta Aerospace Corporation opened a fuel farm for its helicopters. The company's workforce also grew to more than 500 employees.
The rehabilitation of Taxiways Alpha and Lima was completed, extending the pavement life of these taxiways for another 20 years.
VASI (Visual Approach Slope Indicators) landing aids were upgraded to newer PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicators) landing aids and all hold short markings were upgraded to newer enhanced hold short markings.
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance broke ground on an additional training facility in order to meet its demand of student mechanics. The new training facility will double the size of the institute's current building.
August Aerospace Corporation's workforce grew to more than 600 employees.



The Port Authority and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are dedicated to making your travel experience safe and secure. We ask you to take a moment to become familiar with some important security measures. By reviewing them now, you will save time at the airport.

The key to getting through the airport faster is being prepared. Take these steps in order to minimize time at security checkpoints:

  • Pack luggage in layers (this increases visibility when baggage is scanned)

  • Ready your boarding pass and ID

  • Take off outer garments and shoes

  • Place any loose metal objects in your carry-on

  • Remove your laptop from your bag and place it in the bin

  • Passengers should consider placing additional items in checked baggage since this will ensure a more efficient screening process at TSA screening checkpoints (passengers are reminded that the air carriers request they bring only one carry-on bag and one personal item per person).

  • Passengers are encouraged to have prescription cards for all medications including syringes. Medications should be in original packaging.

  • Passengers can also expect additional security procedures to be in place including possible body pat downs.

  • Passengers should give themselves extra time to check in and proceed through the security checkpoint before their flight, especially during the busy holiday travel season.

Liquids: Keep in mind that liquids are allowed in carry-on luggage only in accordance with the TSA's 3-1-1 format. Please review this policy .

Prohibited Items: Click here for a list of prohibited items.

Batteries : Click here for more information if you're traveling with battery-powered equipment.

Food/Gifts : Click here for more information. There are some exceptions to these policies for customers with disabilities and medical conditions.

Visa/Passport Information : Visit the Department of Homeland Security Web site here for more information.

Passengers with questions may contact the Transportation Security Administration Coordination Center at (866) 289-9673. Click here to visit the TSA Web site .


State gun laws vary considerably. Before possessing and carrying firearms into New York or New Jersey, please be aware of local state gun control laws. Please check with New York State Police or New Jersey State Police prior to possessing and carrying a weapon into New York or New Jersey.


When traveling with pets, pets should remain in their carriers at all times except for service animals. The Port Authority of NY and NJ and our airport partners have provided pet relief areas for customers. These areas are located in the arrivals area of each terminal. Follow the signs in the baggage claim areas or ask a Customer Care Representative for information.

Owners can take their animals to these pet relief areas and allow the pets to relieve themselves. Owners are expected to clean up after their animals with the materials provided in the pet relief areas. Pet owners whose animals have an accident elsewhere in the terminal are expected to clean up after their animals and notify a member of the cleaning crew.

There are no pet relief areas beyond security checkpoints in any of the terminals at the Port Authority airports.

As policies relating to the transportation of pets vary by airline and time of year, we suggest you contact your airlines directly for details.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection offers expedited travel for pre-approved, low risk travelers who qualify. For information on CBP's Global Entry Program,click here .

For more information visit: Transportation Security Agency (TSA) , Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) .


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Reservations for private car services can be made at the Port Authority Welcome Center located on the Arrivals level of each terminal. If the center is closed, there is a convenient self-service kiosk nearby where you can contact authorized private car services.


Dial 7 Car & Limo Service

(800) 222- 9888 
(212) 777-7777


Connecticut Limousine

(800) 472-5466 
(203) 878-6867

Dave's Best Limousine

(800) 255-2378 
(215) 288-1000

Dial 7 Car & Limo Service

(800) 222-9888 
(212) 777-7777


Dial 7 Car & Limo Service

(800) 222-9888 
(212) 777-7777


Dial 7 Car & Limousine Service

(800) 222-9888 
(212) 777-7777


Dial 7 Car & Limo Service

(800) 222-9888 
(212) 777-7777


Dial 7 Car & Limo Service

(800) 222-9888 
(212) 777-7777

SAFETY TIP: Ignore offers of transportation from solicitors in the terminal. Soliciting of ground transportation is illegal and many illegal solicitors are unlicensed and uninsured. To obtain ground transportation information, please visit the Port Authority Welcome Center located in the arrivals area of each terminal, where uniformed staff will be happy to assist you. Ignore non-uniformed people offering to assist with baggage. Seek out uniformed porters or airline employees for baggage assistance.

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