The coronavirus has left the Philadelphia International Airport a trans-Atlantic hub with no trans-Atlantic flights, so it’s launching incentives to bring back air traffic, writes Ted Reed for Forbes.com.
Passenger and cargo airlines that add flights can waive airport fees and receive outdoor advertising.
To attract passengers, the airport is looking at waiving several thousand dollars per flight charges, like federal inspection fees, deplaning fees and landing fees.
“The idea was for us to be one of the first airports in the U.S. to have an incentive plan to help with the recovery,” said Stephanie Wear, the airport’s director of air service development and cargo services.
“Because of this unprecedented situation, we need to help our airline partners get back to 2019, a record-breaking year for Philadelphia airport, and we’d like to get back as quickly as we can,” she said.
The incentive program is known as, CASRIP, which stands for Covid-19 Air Service Recovery and Incentive Program.
Airport passenger traffic fell 79 percent from a year earlier in May, and is down 80% to 85% in June.
Cargo traffic is still relatively strong, with passenger airlines operating cargo-only flights.
Read more about the Philadelphia Airport’s airline incentives here.
You Might Also Like