Traveling with children can be quite an adventure, from carrying extra luggage in strollers and cribs to flight delays and unexpected plan changes. The Family Vacation Guide investigated which international airports were most suitable for families and ranked the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) as one of the best.
The guide ranked PHL, the main airport in Pennsylvania, in fourth place with a score of 9.61 out of 10, describing it as one of the busiest air transportation hubs in the United States with the highest on-time departure record: 86.5% of its flights depart as scheduled.
The report also noted that there are 41 things to do at the airport and 64 restaurants, including the popular fast-food restaurant Tony Luke’s, known for its famous Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches.
To create this list, The Family Vacation Guide analyzed certain factors based on on-time departures, cancellation fees, unlimited free Wi-Fi, and the number of restaurants and activities.
“There are several other factors to consider when traveling, such as navigating the best airports for food to keep kids and the family happy, planning how early to arrive at the airport. Incidentally, we also looked at the number of services and restaurants to keep both kids and adults entertained,” the guide noted.
The number one spot on the list was occupied by the Aeropuerto Internacional Ciudad de México Juárez; two, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York; three, O’Hare International Airport in Illinois; and five, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport in Minnesota.
The research conducted was not limited to airports; it also addressed some of the world’s largest airlines about family-friendly factors, such as free child entertainment, kid-friendly meals onboard, and early boarding.
Philadelphia International Airport’s
The Philadelphia International Airport is city-owned and entirely self-sustaining, not utilizing local tax money for its operation and maintenance. It is a significant economic engine, generating over $16.8 billion annually for the regional economy and supporting over 106,000 full-time jobs.
PHL is led by Atif Saeed, the Executive Director of the international and Northeast Philadelphia airports, as well as the city’s representative for local, state, national, and international aviation affairs. Saeed is responsible for overseeing the planning, development, and management of all activities, including supervising personnel management, including direct employees and additional hired and consulting staff.
PHL opened its doors in 1940, then known as Philadelphia Municipal Airport, transporting 40,000 passengers at that time. Over the decades, the airport expanded and developed, positioning itself as air travel became more popular, ultimately becoming a major air transportation hub welcoming 30.8 million passengers annually.