Tuesday, May 14, 2013
AirTran and Southwest saw increases in 2013 air traffic, while U.S. Airways and Delta were on the decline.
More flights and more seats were available for Pittsburgh International Airport travelers in March 2013 compared to March 2012, according to new figures the Allegheny County Airport Authority released. Travelers flying through were up 2 percent, and available seats were up 4.5 percent. Five airlines reported increases in traffic through Pittsburgh International from 2012 to 2013: Airlines that recorded decreases in traffic include: Overall traffic dropped 3.6 percent for the month and year-to-date scheduled totals show scheduled traffic down 1.9 percent. Tell Us: Did you travel through Pittsburgh International Airport?
Monday, May 6, 2013
The temporary closure is expected to last 45 days.
Beginning Monday, May 6, the Pittsburgh International Airport is changing how vehicles enter the short term parking garage at Pittsburgh International Airport. The garage is undergoing construction rehabilitation and is still open, however, the main entrance will be closed and traffic will be directed to an alternate entrance, the Allegheny County Airport Authority announced. Detour signs will be posted along airport roadways. The temporary closure of the main entrance will last about 45 days. The alternate entrance is located beyond the landside terminal building. When exiting the garage, short term parking patrons will have to use the Main Exit Plaza because the level 2 exit will be closed at the same time. Signs within the garage will…
Friday, May 3, 2013
Deno Berardi and Calvin Taylor face a variety of charges after incident at America's Best Value Inn on April 12.
Two local men face a number of charges after they tried to retrieve a gun left in a room at the America's Best Value Inn on University Boulevard in Moon. Moon Township police charged Deno Alfred Berardi, 19, of Coraopolis with two counts of persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms; and one count each of criminal conspiracy, delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver, escape, possession, possession of paraphernalia and drivers required to be licensed. Calvin Marquis Taylor, 20, of Stowe Township faces charges of persons not to possess, use manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms; conspiracy-possession of firearm prohibited; and escape, filed by Moon police. According to a police report…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The fourth flight service launched Wednesday.
JetBlue Airways launched its fourth daily non-stop flight Wednesday from Pittsburgh International Airport to Boston Logan Airport. County officials say the average fare from Pittsburgh to Boston has dropped significantly, and some of the credit is attributed to JetBlue Airways, which has committed to offering additional flights here. With Boston being one of southwest Pennsylvania’s largest business markets and is also a popular destination for leisure travel, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, business leaders and the Allegheny County Airport Authority board and staff made a strong plea to the airline industry to provide more direct flights to and from the airport. As part of that effort, the authority conducted an economic …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The FAA is implementing traffic management initiatives—and the agency has a website where delay times can be checked for Pittsburgh International and destination airports.
The "sequestration" is having an impact on those who take to the skies from Pittsburgh International Airport, as well as others around the country. As a result of employee furloughs due to sequestration, the FAA is implementing traffic management initiatives at airports and facilities around the country, according to a news release the government agency issued on Tuesday. Travelers can expect to see a wide range of delays that will change throughout the day depending on staffing and weather-related issues. For example, the FAA is experiencing staffing challenges at the New York and Los Angeles En Route Centers and at the Dallas-Ft. Worth and Las Vegas TRACONs. Controllers will space planes farther apart so they can manage traffic with …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Allegheny County Airport Authority honors more than 50 people at its fourth annual N.I.C.E. Program this week at Pittsburgh International Airport.
More than 50 airport employees and volunteers were recognized for their outstanding customer service efforts at the Allegheny County Airport Authority’s fourth annual N.I.C.E. Program April 15. The customer service awareness program rewards those individuals who are proactive to solve customer issues and reminds others of the importance of N.I.C.E.—Neutralizing Irritations Customers Experience. The awards program took place Monday on the ticketing level of the landside terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport. Since the fall of 2009, about 350 airport employees and volunteers have completed N.I.C.E. training presented by The Resiliency Edge and Fordham University. The program encourages workers to document good deeds, that is, …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
American Airlines is expanding its service from the Findlay airport.
American Airlines will begin seven-day, nonstop service between Pittsburgh International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. The flights will begin on August 27, according to an announcement from the office of County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. The flights can be booked after April 14 at the airline's website. American Airlines, which is working to expand its existing service from LAX, now provides 13 daily, nonstop flights from Pittsburgh International; destinations include Dallas, New York, Chicago and Miami. United Airlines also provides nonstop flights from Pittsburgh International to West Coast destinations Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The local Congressman request information on the future of the airline's Moon Township flight operations center.
Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, and Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, have released a joint letter to the CEO of US Airways . In the letter addressed to company CEO and chairman W. Douglas Parker, the local Congressmen request additional information on US Airways' plans for its Moon Township flight operations center. The flight control center, which employs more than 700, could close as a result of a planned merger between US Airways and American Airlines. The facility opened in 2008 with the help of $16.25 million in public subsidies. Read the full letter below: Dear Mr. Parker, Southwestern Pennsylvania is the proud home to the Pittsburgh International Airport, the US Airways flight operations center, maintenance facility, and …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Buyouts and a possible closure mire the Moon Township-based flight operations center for airliner US Airways, which employs hundreds of local residents.
For Bernadette Puzzuole, it's about more than 600 jobs. Puzzoule, interim president of the Moon Township-based Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, said a economic ripple effect will likely come with a closure of the U.S. Airways' four-year-old control center. The airline's flight operations center could be abandoned in coming years as a result of the company's merger with American Airlines, according to reports. Company leaders have not handed down a decision on the facility's future. More than 600 people are employed at the center, which controls more than 3,000 flights daily in the region. "But it's about more than those 600," Puzzuole said. "It's about the paper and the coffee and the drinks. Those employees buy lunches at …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Doug Parker, US Airways CEO, told employees the center could close as a result of the merger, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
US Airways could close its Moon Township-based flight operations center as a result of its merger with American Airlines, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The P-G reports that US Airways CEO Doug Parker told employees last week that the center—built with the help of $16.25 million in public subsidies and opened in November 2008—could close as a result of the merger, according to a transcript filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Parker, responding to a question, said the airlines won't need two centers once they consolidate and that decisions on any closings won't be made until "a couple years from now." The newspaper said the center in Moon employs about 700 people. Parker said any employees displaced by the closing …