Could slots be coming to Philadelphia International Airport?
Such a move doesn’t appear to be imminent, but Philadelphia City Councilman Jim Kenney thinks that should change.
Kenney tells WHYY radio of Philadelphia that bringing slots to the airport — a major hub for American Airlines merger partner US Airways — would be a good way to raise revenue for the city’s school system.
WHYY: Councilman wants slots at Philadelphia International Airport
“We need new revenue sources for the school district,” Kenney says to WHYY. “The state legislature has been reticent to pay anything with the word tax associated with it.”
That’s what brings him to the idea of slot machines, noting the 1,300 machines at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport “creates (between) $27 million (and) $30 million dollars a year. They get more visitors than we do but certainly the revenue would be significant.”
Kenney points out that the slots wouldn’t be open to the general public, but only to ticketed passengers who “have been through security, are a captive audience waiting for planes and are bored sometimes.”
Despite Kenney’s call, such a proposal — which would need to be approved by state and local officials — faces long odds to happen any time soon.
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