Pittsburgh International Airport http://wesa.fm en Passenger Traffic Continues To Fall At Pittsburgh International Airport http://wesa.fm/post/passenger-traffic-continues-fall-pittsburgh-international-airport <p>Pittsburgh International Airport added three new flights this year with hopes of increasing passenger traffic, but according to airport reports, the number of passengers rolling through Pittsburgh has dropped 21 percent since 2006.</p><p>Eight years ago, 9,949,049 passengers traveled through the airport. In 2013, that number has fallen to 7,854,181.</p><p>Ashley Henry Shook, an Allegheny County Airport Authority board member, said the numbers tend to fluctuate throughout the year.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:38:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 33232 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh International Airport Adds Flight to Fort Lauderdale http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-international-airport-adds-flight-fort-lauderdale <p>Pittsburgh International Airport will begin offering daily nonstop flights to Fort Lauderdale, officials announced Wednesday.</p><p>Travelers can book their seats now through JetBlue for the inaugural flight, leaving Pittsburgh Oct. 29 at 7:15 a.m. Those making the trip will receive discounted airport parking.</p><p>Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Chief Executive, said the new year-round flight will benefit travelers and businesses.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:39:31 +0000 Michael Lynch 32324 at http://wesa.fm Land Near Pittsburgh International Airport To Be Developed http://wesa.fm/post/land-near-pittsburgh-international-airport-be-developed <p>Expect to see more development, but no additional delays, out by the Pittsburgh International Airport, as ground will soon be broken on new office space across the Airport Expressway.</p><p>The building will take up 16.2 acres and will be up to 100,000 square feet of flex office space. It will be built next to the Thermo Fisher facility, on Industry Drive.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 31134 at http://wesa.fm Expedited Security Screening At Pittsburgh International Aims For 5-Minute Wait Time http://wesa.fm/post/expedited-security-screening-pittsburgh-international-aims-5-minute-wait-time <p>You make your airline reservations and you’re often instructed to arrive 90 minutes to two hours before your flight time for security purposes. Now Pittsburgh International is the first airport to have a co-located application site to get domestic and international travelers through security more quickly.</p><p>Ross Feinstein, press secretary for Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said TSA Pre-check is an expedited pre-screening program available at 118 airports, including Pittsburgh International, with designated express lanes.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:34:49 +0000 Kevin Gavin 29534 at http://wesa.fm Groundbreaking for New Section of Southern Beltway http://wesa.fm/post/groundbreaking-new-section-southern-beltway <p>Ground was broken &nbsp;Monday on Phase 2 of the Southern Beltway (I-576) that will &nbsp;eventually&nbsp;connect Pittsburgh International Airport to &nbsp;the Mon Fayette Expressway.</p><p>This phase, totaling&nbsp;$550 million &nbsp;includes construction of a 13-mile highway linking Route 22 with I-79 near McDonald&nbsp;and begins with the building of two bridges costing $14 million.</p><p>The project was made possible by Act 89, the $2.3 billion transportation funding plan, signed into law last November by Governor Tom Corbett who was present at the groundbreaking ceremony.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 18:10:14 +0000 Jess Lasky 29135 at http://wesa.fm Grab an Ice Cream (Or a Flight) and a Charge http://wesa.fm/post/grab-ice-cream-or-flight-and-charge <p>Car charging stations are popping up like spring flowers this Earth Day.&nbsp;</p><p>The Pennsylvania Turnpike officially unveiled its charging stations Monday and Pittsburgh International Airport followed suit Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>The chargers on the Turnpike were installed this year at a pair of service plazas; Bowmansville Service Plaza in Lancaster County located eastbound at milepost 290 and King of Prussia in Montgomery County, located westbound at milepost 328.&nbsp;</p><p>It took the cooperation of two government agencies and a private corporation to get the stations installed.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:04:33 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 27988 at http://wesa.fm Airport Authority to Hold Public Workshop on Oil and Gas Drilling http://wesa.fm/post/airport-authority-hold-public-workshop-oil-and-gas-drilling <p>The Allegheny County Airport Authority will hold a public workshop Tuesday to answer questions about <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/47-wells-be-drilled-pittsburgh-airport">oil and gas development plans</a> at Pittsburgh International Airport.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:00:50 +0000 Liz Reid 21387 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh International Airport Ready to Battle Snow http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-international-airport-ready-battle-snow <p>With a winter storm warning in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday and one of the year's busiest travel days ahead, Pittsburgh International is getting ready to do battle with the ice and snow.</p><p>“They start planning for this back in September,” said Pittsburgh Airport Authority spokesman Jeff Martinelli. “When they snow storm started getting reported that it was a possibility they started going over some plans, our operations staff was moving to 12-hour shifts, our snow removal crew is out their doing the best they can and pre-treating runways.”</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:47:43 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 20432 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh International Airport Has Steady Growth Without Being a Hub http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-international-airport-has-steady-growth-without-being-hub <p>While we're no longer a US Airways hub, the Allegheny County Airport Authority continues to bring new development and flight routes to the Pittsburgh International Airport.</p><p>Through internal modifications and innovative marketing and promotional strategies, the Airport Authority has managed to maintain a positive impression and steady growth.</p><p>“Pittsburgh is always on the top of the list when airlines need to land or take off in an emergency…from hurricanes to blizzards,” says Rebecca Harris, Director of the <a href="http://www.chatham.edu/cwe/">Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University</a>. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:31:48 +0000 Katie Blackley 18932 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh International Airport Has Steady Growth Without Being a Hub Southwest to Offer Pittsburgh to Nashville Nonstops http://wesa.fm/post/southwest-offer-pittsburgh-nashville-nonstops <p>Southwest Airlines will be offering daily nonstop flights between Pittsburgh and Nashville.</p><p>The company says the first flight will depart Pittsburgh International Airport at 7:55 a.m. Tuesday.</p><p>The Allegheny County Airport Authority says officials in both cities will hold dedication ceremonies, with polka music in Nashville and country music in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Nashville will be Southwest&#39;s ninth destination from Pittsburgh.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:56:13 +0000 The Associated Press 17380 at http://wesa.fm Tuskegee Airmen Get 'Overdue' Memorial Near Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/tuskegee-airmen-get-overdue-memorial-near-pittsburgh <p></p><p>They were officially known as the 332nd Fighter group and the 477<sup>th</sup> Bombardment group, but the world remembers them as the Tuskegee Airmen.</p><p>The memory of the first black military pilots is being honored throughout the region this week. On Thursday a new semi-permanent display honoring the corps was unveiled at Pittsburgh International Airport by county executive Rich Fitzgerald.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 16429 at http://wesa.fm Tuskegee Airmen Get 'Overdue' Memorial Near Pittsburgh 47 Wells to be Drilled at Pittsburgh Airport http://wesa.fm/post/47-wells-be-drilled-pittsburgh-airport <p>Consol Energy plans to build six well pads and three impoundment ponds on land surrounding the Pittsburgh International Airport as it works to tap into the Marcellus shale under the facility.&nbsp;</p><p>Miles of water and gas pipelines and access roads are also part of the plan that is currently up for public review.</p><p>Allegheny County Council inked a deal with Consol to drill at the airport pending regulatory approval from several agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration. The deal could be worth as much a $500 million dollars to the county.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:53:17 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 15531 at http://wesa.fm 47 Wells to be Drilled at Pittsburgh Airport Airport Authority, Consol Energy to Release Drill Plan http://wesa.fm/post/airport-authority-consol-energy-release-drill-plan <p>The Allegheny County Airport Authority and Consol Energy will unveil the plan to drill for oil and natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport during a public workshop Tuesday.</p><p>Representatives from the airport authority and Consol Energy will answer questions about the plan and its environmental impact.</p><p>The workshop is meant to provide residents with more information about the oil and gas development plans, the environmental assessment, the drilling schedule and process.</p><p>But airport authority spokeswoman JoAnn Jenny said it’s not an open forum.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 15347 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Airport Trash Hauler Overbilled http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-airport-trash-hauler-overbilled <p>The company that collects the trash from businesses at the Pittsburgh International Airport is overbilling its users according to an Allegheny County Controller’s audit released Thursday.</p><p>Controller Chelsa Wagner said Allied Waste Service of Pittsburgh incorrectly billed tenants from December 2007 through August 2012 resulting in extra charges of about $195,000.</p><p>Wagner’s office launched the audit after a customer complained to the Airport Authority, which then passed the complaint to the county’s fiscal watchdog.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:03:35 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 7739 at http://wesa.fm Expect Delays at Pittsburgh International when Sequester Hits http://wesa.fm/post/expect-delays-pittsburgh-international-when-sequester-hits <p></p><p>As a result of the upcoming “sequestration,” the automatic cuts to federal spending on Friday, travelers flying from Pittsburgh might have to put up with longer lines, and more delays.</p><p>Brad Penrod, President of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, said they’re in talks with the TSA, FAA, and Customs and Border Protection to prepare for the fallout from the cuts.</p><p>The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is facing a $600 million budget decrease and is considering furloughing “the vast majority” of the its 47,000 employees for one day per pay period until September.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:25:33 +0000 Tim Camerato 1782 at http://wesa.fm Expect Delays at Pittsburgh International when Sequester Hits