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Wed Sep 28, 2005 11:49 am

This past weekend I flew down to Baltimore to see the Red Sox and Orioles play. I flew US and stopped in PHL both ways. I must say, PHL was an awful connecting airport. It was my first time flying through PHL, I have flown US on 3 other ocasions, each time stopping in PIT. For a Hub airport, PHL is a dump and I was not impressed at all. I know BOS is no gem by any means, but I was expecting PHL, Uone of US top 2 cities, to have better facilities.

Also, we experienced so bad delays as well. For starters, the play left the gate at BWI 40 mins late, we also sat in the runway for an additional 30 mins because PHL was having weather problems. It was raining out in BWI, not to bad, but we were under the impression that PHL was getting nailed. When we finally took off, the shortest flight ever, thank god, we got to PHL to see that there was only a light shower. To make matters worse, we landed and sat off to the side of the runway for about 10 minutes, then had to taxi all the way around to the gate where we had to sit for another 25 minutes because the gate we needed was occupied. Luckily for us, I was traveling with 4 other guys, the plane was continuing to BOS so we didnt even have to go far once we got off. But on the other hand, I was talking to a few other people that had already missed their connecting flights. In a nutshell, we had a total of 1 hour and 45 minutes of delays. Another thing to point out, PHL was not using 2 runways for takeoffs, they had only one going, we had to cross the 2 active landing runways to get to the runway we were going to takeoff from which added another 20 minutes tothe time it took for us to taxi from gate the runway for takeoff.

All around, I was not impressed with connecting through PHL, for a major hub airport, the facilities were nothing great, felt rather cramped, the delays for simple rain were awful and to top it off, they did not even serve drinks on the flight from PHL-BOS. After my experience, I know if I have ever chooce US, I will be sure to fly through PIT or CLT.
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Wed Sep 28, 2005 3:52 pm

It would be helpful if you indicated specifically which of the 7 PHL Terminals you classify as a "dump". I mean to generalize from a short flight that ALL of PHL is a dump is misleading. Terminal A (International) and Terminal F (Regional) are brand new. My observation is that 2 of the other Terminals are in shabby condition and in need of refurbishment. Did you ever leave the Terminal in which you transited?
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Thu Sep 29, 2005 6:43 am

Having transited PHL just last week, I'll agree wholeheartedly with Vega.

Terminal A is spectacular - great food choices, very light, airy, modern and spacious. Terminal F, while perhaps a little cramped for the sheer number of RJ and prop flights going in and out of there today, is certainly a well-thought-out facility for regional traffic.

The rest of PHL is horrible. The main concourses are narrow, low-ceilinged and poorly lit with squashed gate areas overflowing into the hallways. The interminable fingers have no moving sidewalks... good luck making your US C-23 to A-20 connection  banghead   Yeah sure
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