At Philadelphia International Airport, the economy parking lot, shuttered since the start of the pandemic, will not reopen to passengers. Instead, the airport plans to develop the property as part of a multi-year effort to expand cargo services and win more shipping business, a PHL official confirmed Thursday.
“This real estate will serve to support phase one of our cargo redevelopment program,” PHL chief revenue officer James Tyrrell said in an interview. The 40-acre parcel will be a “critical piece for us being able to start that program.”
Heading into the busy period of Thanksgiving travel, the airport is urging passengers to use alternatives — such as riding SEPTA or taking Uber and Lyft. Travelers who insist on driving themselves should arrive three hours in advance of their flight to find a parking space, Tyrrell said.
The decision to keep the economy lot closed, however, means PHL passengers will have to adjust their expectations about…