Air Travel

Airlines in the Philadelphia region

The primary airport for the region is Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). PHL is just a few miles from UPenn and Center City, and is accessible by public transportation.

Airlines Servicing PHL

Air Canada, AirTran, American, Continental, Delta, Midwest, Northwest, Southwest, United, and USAirways, as well as several international carriers.

Special Airline Rates

Valid Travel Dates – 08 Aug 2009- 18 Aug 2009)

American Airlines has been designated the official airline carrier for the AOU meeting and has offered a 5% discount on published airline fares or a negotiated set price between states for this meeting. Contact American Airlines at 800-433-7300 and mention the Star File Number A3189AD.

You may also contact Allen Samuels House of Travel at 800-874-4731 or by e-mail to: for assistance with your travel plans.

Alternate airports

Conference attendees may want to consider travel to Philadelphia using other regional airports in association with public transportation or car rental. Other nearby airports that sometimes offer service or cost advantages include:

Caveat about air travel during August

Most airports in the Northeast Corridor (Washington, DC, to Boston) are vulnerable in the summer months to delays and other service disruptions associated with thunderstorms; PHL is certainly no exception. We encourage conference attendees to anticipate potential delays in making travel arrangements.

Ground Transportation Center at PHL

Baggage claim and the pickup area for taxis, town cars, long-haul shuttles, hotel vans and parking lot shuttle buses is located on the west of the terminal. From all arrival gates, traveler’s should walk past the security and ticketing areas and proceed through the elevated walkways that cross the entrance roadway and SEPTA rail tracks, before descending to ground level by stairs or elevator to the baggage claim area.

Lady Liberty Transportation

Lady Liberty Transportation is a Philadelphia based company that provides airport shuttle service to and from the Philadelphia International Airport to the University of Pennsylvania, the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel, and the Inn at Penn Hilton Hotel.

Rates are $10.00 per person each way. 

Contact information : 
Lady Liberty Transportation Co., Inc.
1242 South 47th Street
Philadelphia, PA.  19143
Ph:  215-724-8888
Fax: 215-724-7777


Public transportation between PHL and UPenn

Transportation between the Airport and UPenn is available on SEPTA'S R1 train, operating from 5:25 AM until 11:25 PM daily, every 30 minutes. The R1 train stops at University City, south of the conference venue, and at AMTRAK’s 30th Street Station, northeast of the campus. SEPTA trolley service is available between 30th Street and UPenn, with a stop just two blocks from the conference venue and the campus dormitories. We will later provide information about purchasing SEPTA passes good for the duration of the conference.