Pittsburgh International Airport

PASSENGER TRAFFIC AT PIT CONTINUES TO CLIMB: TRAFFIC UP 1.8 PERCENT IN OCT; 2.1 PERCENT YTD

PASSENGER TRAFFIC AT PIT CONTINUES TO CLIMB: TRAFFIC UP 1.8 PERCENT IN OCT; 2.1 PERCENT YTD

PITTSBURGH (Dec. 7, 2016) – Passenger traffic at Pittsburgh International Airport continued to climb for the sixth straight month in October. Total passengers were up 1.8 percent for the month and up 2.1 percent year-to-date, as 6,948,818 passengers have traveled through the airport.  

Passenger traffic for the month of October totaled 756,583 passengers. October 2016 shows a 1.8 percent increase above October 2015, which had 743,325 total passengers. Year-to-date total airport passenger traffic was up 2.1 percent.

“Increased passenger counts are matching the increased air service we’re seeing at Pittsburgh International Airport,” said Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis. “Passengers and airlines both are part of the positive momentum we’re seeing.”

Additional flights including Southern Airways Express to Harrisburg, an additional daily flight to Boston on JetBlue that began in October, and other new service, are contributing to more passengers at PIT.

Specifically, new regional air service is contributing to passenger gains in a big way. Since Pittsburgh was named a Focus City for Sun Air Express in October 2014, the airline - bought by Southern Airways earlier this year - has added more than 150 flights each week and currently serves nine destinations in PA, NY, MD and WV. Flights to DuBois, PA, on Southern are expected to begin in January. Southern Airways, an Essential Air Service provider, celebrated flying its 50,000 th passenger last month.

Corporate regional carrier OneJet, which has also focused its operations in Pittsburgh, has also added 46 flights per week to five cities. In September, OneJet flew its 10,000 th passenger. Today, OneJet announced the addition of new nonstops to Albany, NY and Richmond, VA, aimed at serving local business travelers. OneJet expects to announce service to additional cities from Pittsburgh in 2017.

International traffic at PIT is also expected to further increase during the summer 2017 season with new transatlantic service on WOW air to Reykjavik, Iceland and Condor to Frankfurt, Germany. The number of international passengers flying from Pittsburgh International is up 30.4 percent year-to-date.

About Allegheny County Airport Authority:

Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to increasing air service, improving customer service and inspiring growth in the Pittsburgh region.

Pittsburgh International Airport serves more than 8 million passengers annually on 15 carriers. During the past two years, the airport has increased its nonstop destinations 70 percent to include 67 markets. J.D. Power ranked Pittsburgh International in its Top 10 medium-size airports in its 2015 North American Airport Satisfaction Study. Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast both named Pittsburgh International a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2016. In addition, TripAdvisor ranked Pittsburgh International Airport a Travelers’ Choice Favorite for Shopping in 2016.