Philadelphia, May 12, 2015 – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) hosted its 2015 job fair at Temple University’s Liacouras Center to fill immediate openings in businesses and government agencies with operations at the airport. Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke served as honorary co-chairs for the event.
“PHL is a huge asset to our city and region, not only as a world-class airport serving millions of passengers and as an employer, but as an economic driver attracting businesses and visitors from around the world to our city,” said Mayor Nutter. “People want to come to Philadelphia because they know they can get here easily, receive excellent customer service from the great people who work at PHL while they’re here, and leave at the end of their trip wanting to return. The Airport’s job fair helped more Philadelphians join the workforce and this mission of putting our city’s best foot forward.”
More than 2,600 attendees browsed job opportunities from 36 employers including airlines, restaurants, car rental companies, retailers and government agencies like the City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation and the Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments. These numbers represent a significant increase over the 2014 job fair which featured 27 employers and 1,500 attendees. Based on a survey of employers following last year’s jobs fair, more than 250 jobs were filled.
“The Philadelphia International Airport is a key contributor to our region’s economy, and it was great to see so many people excited about working in airport-related jobs,” said Council President Darrell L. Clarke. “I would like to thank the Airport, Mayor Nutter, and all of our partners who put this successful job fair together. Let’s keep working to make sure that every Philadelphian who wants a job can find one in our city.”
Businesses participating in the job fair interviewed candidates on the spot and also accepted resumes. Job seekers also had opportunities to meet with employment specialists who reviewed their resumes and offered interview tips. Workplace etiquette workshops were also offered throughout the day.
“The Airport supports more than 141,000 jobs in the region. Nearly 20,000 of those positions are right here at the Airport,” said Airport CEO Mark Gale. “It’s important that resident in the area have the first opportunity to fill open positions in businesses with operations at PHL. The job fair is one way that we help ensure that they do.”
Philadelphia International Airport is owned and operated by the City of Philadelphia. The Airport is a self-sustaining entity that operates without the use of local tax dollars. It is one of the largest economic engines in Pennsylvania, generating an estimated $14.4 billion to the regional economy and accounting for more than 141,000 jobs.