Pittsburgh International Passenger Volume Up 8.8% YTD
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – New nonstop flights from Pittsburgh International Airport boosted passenger traffic over the summer as the airport’s traveler volume continues to increase.
In July and August, traffic was up 6.6% and 6.3%, respectively, and year-to-date traffic through the end of August is up 8.8% to 6,421,062 passengers.
“We had our best summer in more than a decade in terms of total passengers and nonstop options, both domestic and international,” said Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis in a release. “Airlines continue to add flights and seats in key markets like the West Coast and the Northeast.”
In July, Delta Airlines started daily service to Salt Lake City, which has connections to San Jose, Sacramento and Portland, among other cities. And last month, China Eastern Airlines opened charter flights to Shanghai as part of a partnership with Caissa Touristic. Also that month, Frontier Airlines launched service to San Diego.
Over the past year, Air Canada, Allegiant and Spirit airlines have added service to Pittsburgh International and United Airlines began using larger aircraft for its flights to Washington, D.C.
Cassotis added that she expected passenger volume to continue to rise through next year as new lines arrive. On Nov. 17, Frontier will begin a twice-weekly seasonal service to West Palm Beach, while in Mid-January, Vacation Express will expand its nonstop service to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, through April. Also next year, Southwest Airlines will begin is Saturday-only flights to Cancun, Mexico, on March 9, a month earlier than 2017, and British Airways will start nonstop service to London’s Heathrow Airport April 2, with flights Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
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