Pittsburgh International Airport

Pittsburgh International Airport, TSA, AAA Team Up to Offer Important Info, Tips for Holiday Travel


Pittsburgh International Airport, TSA, AAA Team Up to Offer Important Info, Tips for Holiday Travelers

PITTSBURGH – As the region gears up for a busy holiday season, more than a half-million travelers are expected to pass through the airport during the next three weeks.
Pittsburgh International Airport is on track for its busiest year since 2007 and will likely finish 2017 between 9½ and 10 million passengers. Through November, the airport has experienced 7.8 percent growth fueled largely by new nonstop flights and destinations as well as larger aircraft on existing routes.
AAA forecasts that more than one-third of Americans will take to the nation’s runways, roadways, and rails this holiday season. The record-breaking 112.5 million travelers represents a 4.4 percent increase over last year and the most since AAA began tracking holiday travel.
During the three weeks beginning Dec. 17, the busiest days in terms of seats offered at PIT are:
  • Monday, Dec. 17 (The day after the Steelers-Patriots game): 35,839 seats
  • Friday, Dec. 21: 35,166 seats
  • Thursday, Dec. 20: 33,842 seats
  • Friday, Jan. 4: 33,648 seats
Compare that to the least busiest day during the three-week period, Christmas Day, when 24,716 seats are offered.
Peak travel times at PIT are 5 to 7 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m., meaning that security lines are typically longer during those hours.
“Just five years ago, the airport processed the fewest passengers in its history – about 7.8 million, so we’ve seen our market really respond to new nonstop service being offered,” said Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis. “We’ve had more than 20 percent growth during the past five years and we wouldn’t be able to achieve this success without our great partners at TSA.”
TSA is asking travelers to review all carry-on rules for liquids and prohibited items before packing their bags and arriving at the airport to avoid delays, fines or arrest. The number of firearms, ammunition and other prohibited items found at checkpoints at PIT and throughout the nation has increased this year.
TSA staff have also been instrumental in helping to implement the myPITpass program which allows non-ticketed members of the public airside access to shop and dine with loved ones.
With the arrival of British Airways, which starts year-round nonstop service to London Heathrow on April 2, new options at PIT will continue. London is the top European market from Pittsburgh.
Additional travel information can be found here at www.BlueSkyPIT.com .
About Allegheny County Airport Authority:
Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to transforming Pittsburgh’s airports to reflect and serve the community, inspire the industry, and advance the region’s role as a world leader. Its 2017 Annual Report detailing growth and improved financial position can be found at www.flypittsburgh.com/AR17 .
Pittsburgh International Airport serves nearly 9 million passengers annually on 17 carriers. Air Transport World named Pittsburgh International its 2017 Airport of the Year. Travel + Leisure and J.D. Power have again named Pittsburgh International a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2018.