Phase one was opened yesterday and took two years to build and is part of a $127 million development programme, which is scheduled for completion in 2016.
The ribbon cutting ceremony signalled a new lease of life for the terminal, that had become too small to handle the five million plus passengers who use it every year.
The Hub’s main floor has more than quadrupled to 36,900 square feet and features a range of retail shops and customer services.
It features a 300-seat food court area, 20 food, beverage and retails offering including brands such as Hudson News, Smashburger, Red Mango, Far East, Philly Pretzel Factory and Solstice.
Airport CEO, Mark Gale, says there are also now more food and beverage choices for passengers using the terminal.
“It’s difficult to imagine in the previous past that we only had five concessions here. Today we have 20, four times as many, seating over 300 people,” Gale says.
In addition there are two sets monitors, which show passengers the current arriving and departing flights and a shuttle bus service has been introduce to move travellers more efficiently to their gates.
The second phase of the project, will see a new baggage claim facility on the arrivals road, security screening lanes, a post-security corridor linking Terminal F to the rest of the airport and a taxi stand on the Arrivals Road.
Terminal F is Philadelphia’s 3rd busiest terminal, and handles about 5.3mppa a year.