Unstoppable – Reconnecting Philadelphia with the World

Unstoppable – Reconnecting Philadelphia with the World

Our world as we know it changed dramatically during the past several months. In mid-March the Department of Homeland Security issued new guidelines to mitigate the spread of travel-related cases of coronavirus in the United States. A small number of American airports were designated as “funneling airports,” permitting the entry of people and products arriving from overseas. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) was not among them. The Philadelphia metropolitan statistical area is the eighth most populous region in the US; the second most populous region on the eastern seaboard; and the largest metropolitan area without approved air travel gateway status for transatlantic connectivity– a critical link to the US market. On September 2, 2020, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and the international business community joined together for a time sensitive report, current data, and a forecast of PHL’s status and re-designation as a funneling airport during the coming weeks.

Chellie Cameron, CEO, PHL International Airport; Gregg Caren, President & CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; James J. Moses, Vice President, PHL Hub, LaGuardia, Boston, JFK and LaGuardia Operations & Premium Guest Services, American Airlines; Gary L. Tomasulo, Managing Director, Corporate Security, American Airlines; and Edgar Antístenes Vesga-Arias, Executive President and Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia International Medicine were featured panelists. Sylvie Gallier Howard, Acting Commerce Director, City of Philadelphia, moderated the discussion and led the speakers through Q&A at the end of the program.

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Sylvie Gallier Howard
Acting Commerce Director
City of Philadelphia

Speakers (to date):

Chellie Cameron
Philadelphia International Airport

Gregg Caren
President and CEO
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB)

James J. Moses
Vice President, PHL Hub, LaGuardia, Boston, JFK and LaGuardia Operations & Premium Guest Services
American Airlines

Gary L. Tomasulo
Managing Director, Corporate Security
American Airlines

Stephanie Wear
Director of Air Service Development & Cargo Services
Philadelphia International Airport

Edgar Antístenes Vesga-Arias
Executive President and Chief Executive Officer
Philadelphia International Medicine

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Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia

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