Federal Funding Provides $30 Million for Philadelphia Airport Renovations

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — The City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation recently announced it has been awarded $30 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Fiscal Year 2023 Airport Terminal Program grants to support the continuation of Philadelphia International Airport’s (PHL) Restroom Renovation Program and phase 1 of PHL’s Terminal Energy Optimization Program (TEOP). The FAA’s Airport Terminal Program is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was passed in 2021.

“Thank you to the FAA for selecting PHL’s Restroom Renovation Program and TEOP for Airport Terminal Program grants. This funding is a significant investment in PHL’s future and will be an immeasurable help in our efforts to enhance the guest experience by creating a modern, sustainable airport,” said City of Philadelphia Department of Aviation CEO Atif Saeed. “On behalf of the Department of Aviation team, I also express my appreciation to the elected officials, especially Governor Shapiro, Mayor Kenney, Senator Casey, Senator Fetterman and Congresswoman Scanlon, as well as our regional stakeholders, who supported the airport’s funding request.”

PHL received $15 million to support Phases 5-9 of the airport’s Restroom Renovation Program. The modernization project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2028, also received $24 million from the FAA Airport Terminal Program in FY2022.  PHL’s Restroom Renovation Program includes smart restroom technology to optimize maintenance schedules, private nursing suites, service animal relief areas, and adult changing rooms.

PHL’s TEOP also received $15 million. This program will improve energy efficiency, replace aging infrastructure, reduce carbon emissions and benefit local air quality by:

  • Replacing preconditioned air units and ground power units at 25 gates across the airport.
  • Using LED lighting in terminals and on roadways to improve energy efficiency.
  • Upgrading 15 air handling units and the electrical substation and thermal plants in Terminal A-West, replacing infrastructure that is past its useful life.
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“We are focused on projects that will help our airports meet the City of Philadelphia’s carbon neutrality goal and the TEOP does just that.  It’s a grouping of select terminal elements that together achieves a large goal including enhancing the guest experience” said Api Appulingam, Deputy Director of Aviation, Capital Development.

PHL was one of 99 airports across the United States to receive almost $1 billion in FY23 FAA Airport Terminal Funding.

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