For Immediate Release

August 5, 2003
Contact: Arlene Salac or Jim Peters
Phone: 718-553-3015

The Federal Aviation Administration will hold a public scoping meeting August 12 to allow interested parties to review and comment on the proposed Philadelphia International Airport runway 17-35 extension project. The FAA, acting as the lead federal agency, will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for this project. The public scoping meeting is part of the work associated with the preparation of the EIS.

The scoping meeting will be held at the Sheraton Suites and Four Points, Philadelphia Airport Complex, 4101 Island Avenue in Philadelphia. The meeting will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with formal presentations at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The format of the meeting will be an open house. Project information will be displayed and FAA representatives and Philadelphia Airport officials will be available to answer questions. The public scoping comment period for the initial phase of this EIS closes September 3.

The EIS will consider two alternatives: a no-build alternative and a build alternative that would extend runway 17-35 to the north by 600 feet and to the south by 440 feet for a total runway length of 6,500 feet.

A separate EIS will also be prepared for another Philadelphia International Airport project – the Capacity Enhancement Program, a major airfield redevelopment project. A series of public scoping meetings will be held for that project. Additional information about the runway extension project can be found at the following website: Information about the Capacity Enhancement Program can be found at: