Philly International gets another step closer to building air freight complex

Pat Loeb
December 02, 2018 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Philadelphia International Airport's plan to get more cargo traffic has received a boost after a City Council committee gave the go ahead to the purchase of land for support facilities. 

The airport's chief revenue officer, Jim Tyrell, says Philadelphia has been losing out on cargo traffic because it doesn't have the capacity to handle it. It went a long way to solving the problem earlier this year when it acquired 135 acres in Tinicum to develop an air freight complex. Tyrell was back before Council's public property committee, last week, seeking approval to purchase another 15 acres nearby, for $5.5 million.

"It will be an area where we anticipate cargo-related facilities to be developed that will help support additional cargo coming in and out of Philadelphia International Airport," Tyrell said.

Tyrell says local businesses generate $50 billion in air-freight traffic and they'd rather have it come here than go to Newark or New York. The committee advanced the bill to the full council, but there's a long road ahead, beginning with environmental reviews and wetland mitigation plans.