Traffic Up 7.5% at Pittsburgh International Airport in 2018

PITTSBURGH – Traffic at Pittsburgh International Airport was up 7.5% in 2018 as more than 9.6 million passengers came through the airport. In December alone, the number of passengers increased 3.4% as more than 28,000 travelers passed through the gates, marking the 32nd straight month of increased traffic.

“This is a major milestone in continued growth at Pittsburgh International that further demonstrates our robust market and region,” said Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis in a release. “These numbers are indicative of the fact that airlines are continuing to invest in Pittsburgh with new air service.”

The total number of available seats in December were up 2.3% behind growth from lines to Boston and Atlanta on Delta Airlines, Fort Lauderdale on Spirit Airlines and Washington Dulles on United Airlines and Nashville, Orlando, Phoenix and St. Louis on Southwest Airlines.

The growth in traffic – more than 1.5 million seats have been added over the past two years – has been driven the addition of new airlines and destinations coming to airport, including Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, United, Delta, Condor and Spirit.

Pittsburgh International has nonstop service to 67 airports and this year will include service to London-Heathrow, Birmingham, Memphis and Hartford. Southwest will restart nonstop Saturday service to Cancun in March, while Vacation Express will expand nonstop flights to Punta Cana beginning Jan. 19 and running through late April.

In December, the airport broke ground on its 195-acre Innovation Campus. The first of three phases calls for the first buildings to start being erected by 2020, with 16 pad-ready sites by 2023. The full Innovation Campus development is expected to take place over 10 years.

Copyright 2024 The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.