For Immediate Release

August 8, 2003
Contact: Salac or Jim Peters
Phone: (718) 553-3015


The Federal Aviation Administration will hold a series of public scoping meetings to allow interested parties to review and comment on the proposed Philadelphia International Airport Capacity Enhancement Program. The FAA, acting as the lead federal agency, will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for this project. The meetings are part of the work associated with the preparation of the EIS.

The scoping meetings will be held August 18 at the Candlelight Music Dinner Theatre, at 2208 Millers Road in Arden, Delaware and August 19, at the Holiday Inn, 109 9th Avenue in Runnemede, New Jersey. In addition, a third meeting will be held August 20, at the Sheraton Suites and Four Points, Philadelphia Airport Complex, 4101 Island Avenue in Philadelphia. Each meeting will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with formal presentations at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The public scoping comment period for this EIS closes on September 3.

The EIS will address a range of alternatives that would reduce existing and forecasted delays at PHL, including a parallel concept and a diagonal concept. The parallel concept builds on the existing runway configuration at Philadelphia International Airport. Under this concept, two of the four existing runways would be extended and a new runway would be built. The diagonal concept would provide four new parallel runways in a northwest-southeast configuration. This concept would be capable of supporting four independent arrival or departure streams in good weather conditions and two independent arrival streams and two independent departure streams in poor weather conditions.

A separate EIS will also be prepared for another Philadelphia International Airport project – the Runway 17-35 Extension Project. Each EIS will be prepared concurrently. Additional information about the Capacity Enhancement Program can be found at http://www.phl-cep-eis.com. Information on the Runway 17-35 Extension Project can be found at http://www.phlrunway17-35eis.com.

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