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? Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
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 US Airways, which employs hundreds of area 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 an economic ripple effect will likely come with a closure of the US 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 …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Cecil-based Consol Energy receives approval to begin Marcellus shale gas drilling on airport land.
Allegheny County Council has approved an ordinance authorizing the lease of more than 9,000 acres of land surrounding Pittsburgh International Airport for Marcellus shale gas extraction. Council members approved the ordinance earlier this evening. Much of the land in question is located in Moon and Findlay townships. The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports the measure was approved in a 9-to-4 vote with one abstention. The lease will enable drilling to take place on county-owned land for the extraction of "oil, gas, natural gas liquids, and other materials," according to a statement from the county. With the ordinance, the Allegheny County Airport Authority has entered into a 20-year agreement with Cecil-based energy provider Consol …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Five states have declared states of emergency due to a potentially historic winter storm severely impacting most of the northeastern United States. Find out the weather outlook here through Monday morning.
The National Weather Service is warning that a major winter storm this weekend could severely impact most of the northeastern United States. Several outbound flights from the Pittburgh International Airport, including to Newark, New York and Boston, have been cancelled. However, the forecast shows the Pittsburgh area will be spared from the brunt of the storm. Here's a look at the Sewickley area forecast through Monday morning from the National Weather Service: This forecast is subject to change. Should you take any weather-related photos, contribute to Patch by adding them to this article. Just click on one of the green "Upload Photos and Videos" buttons above! And please tell us about troubled spots in the comments section below! --- …
Hundreds pack Robert Morris University for a public hearing on Marcellus shale gas drilling at Pittsburgh International Airport. The potential deal could generate an estimated $500 million for the airport.
Former Moon resident Gary Sheffler said his civil engineering firm PVE Sheffler struggled in the years after U.S. Airways abandoned its hub and cut flights at Pittsburgh International—a move that triggered a downturn in the overall airport corridor economy. "To put a personal face on this, my company went from 15 employees down to three employees," said Sheffler, speaking before hundreds Thursday at a public hearing at Robert Morris University. The burgeoning natural gas drilling industry in Western Pennsylvania has helped his company grow to hire a staff of 70, he said. "I would have a hard time telling 70 people with families and kids, 'I think we have got to shut it down because of the environment,' " he said. Allegheny County …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
A Georgia man attempted to make his way to the front of an AirTran plane after hearing it was bound for Pittsburgh.
A Georgia man kicked and attempted to bite flight crew members on a plane bound for Pittsburgh International Airport, according to a U.S. District Attorney's Office spokeswoman. Marc Anthony Malone, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of interfering with a flight crew before United States District Senior Judge Gustave Diamond in Pittsburgh, according to a statement from Margaret Philbin, spokeswoman for United States Attorney David Hickton. Malone began acting erratically 30 minutes into the Oct. 10, 2012 AirTran flight from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. At one point during the flight, the man asked a flight crew member," Where are we?" Upon hearing that the plane was headed for Pittsburgh, he said, "I need to get …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Republican presidential candidate makes a final campaign stop in Moon before heading back to Boston to await results.
In one of his final appearances of the presidential campaign, Republican nominee Mitt Romney landed this afternoon in Moon Township, exiting a plane at the Atlantic Aviation hangar before leaving in a motorcade. The stop was brief—Romney did not speak before stepping into an SUV motorcade of five vehicles. After walking out of his plane, he waved to a crowd of cheering supporters packed outside of the runway gate. Romney campaign spokesman Bradley White said the GOP candidate would be traveling in the region this afternoon, but he said the schedule was kept private. Romney's stay in the Pittsburgh area lasted just more than an hour—his plane left Pittsburgh International Airport just after 4 p.m. Romney stopped briefly at a Green Tree …
The Republican presidential nominee will stop Tuesday afternoon at Atlantic Aviation at Pittsburgh International Airport.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will come to Moon Township today, making a last-minute campaign stop in the final hours of election day. The former Massachusetts governor will be at the Atlantic Aviation hangar on Horizon Drive at 2:55 p.m. today for a rally. Few details were available on the campaign stop. His running mate Paul Ryan also made an appearance in October at the Moon Township hangar. Campaign spokesman Bradley White said the speech at the hangar will be open to media only. Romney will be leaving Atlantic Aviation in a motorcade. White said his schedule in Pittsburgh is not public. Check back with Patch for coverage.
Monday, October 29, 2012
A spokeswoman at Pittsburgh International said it's business as usual at the airport Monday, despite the approaching storm.
Harry Goldin wasn't planning a pit stop in Pennsylvania after his New York City vacation. The Chicago resident sat in the Pittsburgh International Airport terminal Monday afternoon, slowly repacking his suitcase. One flight cancellation and $400 later, he said he's finally heading back home. "I was supposed to fly from New York to Chicago yesterday," Goldin said. "They cancelled my flight from New York. So I drove to Pittsburgh." A massive storm front heading in from the eastern seaboard has grounded more than 30 flights today at Pittsburgh International Airport. The late-season Hurricane Sandy, which is now making landfall along the East Coast, threatens to sweep Western Pennsylvania with winds at speeds of 25 to 30 mph and gusts up …