Philadelphia International Airport is the largest airport in Pennsylvania and an international hub for US Airways. It's also the main gateway to Philadelphia and Pennsylvania generally.
Philadelphia itself, affectionately known as Philly, is often referred to as “the Birthplace of America”. With a rich and varied history, it's the fifth-largest city in the US, and has a metropolitan area spanning 12 counties. As a result the atmosphere, architecture and demographic varies quite widely depending on which area you travel to, from up-market art and design centers and historic quarters to working-class areas and quiet, leafy suburbs.
The airport is one of the busiest in the world. It has seven terminals, two of which are international terminals, and more than 160 shops and eateries. The immigration counters are notorious for being understaffed and poorly organized and long queues are common, so if you're catching a connecting flight, make sure you arrive well in advance.
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Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is about 20 miles (32km) from central Pittsburgh. There are more than 160 flights to Pittsburgh International Airport every week, making it the second-busiest airport in Pennsylvania after Philadelphia International.
The city of Pittsburgh is built at a confluence of two rivers, so the city's 2.5 million citizens are divided into pockets with different architecture and cultures. The combination of bridges, rivers and steep hills make it a scenic city to explore.
This is a large and well-designed airport which frequently wins awards for quality, and has plenty of shops and restaurants near the gates to keep you entertained before departure. Although there's no train service, it's easy to get from the airport into the city by bus.
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