PHL Ranked Among the Nation's Healthiest Airports

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Recognizes Airport for Nutritious Food Options

PHILADELPHIA — Dec. 5, 2014 — Bon Apetit! Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has been named one of the healthiest airports in the nation by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. PHL tied for 11th place, alongside John F. Kennedy Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

In a survey conducted by registered dietitians, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine recognized that 75 percent of restaurants at 23 of the nation’s busiest airports offer at least one cholesterol-free, plant-based, fiber-packed entrée.

“We’re seeing a vegetable renaissance take place in U.S. airports,” says Physicians Committee director of nutrition education Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D. “The demand for healthful meals is creating an artisanal food movement, ripe with beet burgers, quinoa bowls, and Brussels sprouts salads. As a dietitian, I'm excited to see a menu shift toward immune-boosting, disease-fighting foods.”

Among the healthy options at PHL, the survey cites Saladworks’ “create your own” salad options, with greens, fresh vegetables, fruit, whole-wheat pasta, and beans. Passengers can build a nutritious burrito at Chipotle and Currito Burrito, with choices that include lettuce, broccoli, tofu, three types of beans, tomatoes, guacamole, corn salsa, mango salsa, carrots, cucumbers, hummus and Asian slaw. Travelers looking to satisfy a true taste of Philly, with a healthy twist, can dine on a grilled veggie sub with onions, peppers, mushrooms, black olives and cucumbers from Philly Steak & Gyros, or the veggie sandwich with sautéed broccoli rabe, spinach, sweet peppers, onions and marinara sauce from Tony Luke’s.

“The restaurants at PHL are dedicated to providing diverse, healthy options year-round, but it’s especially meaningful for travelers during the holiday season,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of Philadelphia Marketplace Food & Shops. “We are extremely proud to be ranked among the nation’s healthiest airports.”

The Physicians Committee annually collects airport restaurant menus from the top 30 busiest airports in the United States, based on data from the Federal Aviation Administration. Survey methods include in-person visits, internet research and phone calls with restaurant managers to confirm menu items. For more information about survey methodology and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, visit

To learn more about the many dining options at the Philadelphia Marketplace Food & Shops, please visit


MarketPlace Development (MarketPlace) develops and manages airport retail programs across the country. A recognized industry leader for more than 20 years, MarketPlace works in partnership with airports and airlines to enhance passenger satisfaction and maximize revenue. The Massachusetts-based company is responsible for the concessions programs at Philadelphia International Airport, in concert with its management firm MarketPlace Philadelphia Management; LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport. MarketPlace has also worked with numerous other airports and with airlines across the country.