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Old October 26th, 2017, 04:17 AM   #1
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PIT | Pittsburgh International Airport

Pittsburgh International Airport (IATA: PIT) was constructed from 1946 to 1952, having been developed to replace Allegheny County Airport. In the decades since then, passenger traffic increased for the airport, especially as US Airways developed it as a major hub and expanded its services both domestically and internationally. Additional runways were added or lengthened and changes made in the original terminal.

The current terminal complex was developed from 1987 to 1992 at the request of US Airways; they have been rated highly by travellers and industry journals, with some of its design becoming a model for other airports.

At the beginning of the 21st century, airlines struggled with changing financial conditions, and US Airways began scaling down its local operations. A gradual reduction in flights meant a decline of the Pittsburgh Airport's annual passenger numbers from 21 million in 1997 to 8 million around 2010, as well as the partial closure of two concourses. Since 2015, the Pittsburgh Airport has had success in attracting new low-cost carriers.

A redevelopment of the Pittsburgh Airport's terminal complex, announced in September 2017, will leave just the mid-field terminal standing. The landside terminal will have been demolished, and a new landside building constructed between the airside terminal's concourses C and D.

A render of the redeveloped airside terminal:


Source: http://www.post-gazette.com/business...s/201709120131
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Old October 26th, 2017, 11:24 PM   #2
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Seems like a good plan for right-sizing the airport.
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Old October 27th, 2017, 01:18 AM   #3
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Looks like elimination of 10 or so gates on the west side of the terminal?

Cool refresh of the airport.
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Old October 27th, 2017, 08:09 AM   #4
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This Airport Is Letting You Get Past Security Without a Plane Ticket
Whether you’re escorting family to the gate or just want to meet at the airport for dinner.
August 30, 2017
Bloomberg Excerpt

Whether or not you’re getting on a plane, you may soon be able to get in a TSA line—just to eat the pulled pork mac ’n’ cheese at Iron Chef Michael Symon’s namesake restaurant in Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).

Thanks to a new program starting on Sept. 5, non-fliers will be allowed to roam beyond security at PIT as part of a test the airport developed with the Transportation Security Administration’s sign-off. Visitors who check in at a dedicated counter on the airport’s third-floor ticketing level and show a driver’s license or passport can receive a complimentary “myPITpass.” Anyone on the no-fly list will not be allowed, and everyone will still have to go through TSA’s standard security procedures—just like travelers with a regular boarding pass.

For the first time since Sept. 11, 2001, parents of unaccompanied minors and the children of traveling elderly at the Pennsylvania hub will be able to see them to the gate and keep them company until boarding.

“This is one of the top five requests I get any time I give a speech,” said Christina Cassotis, chief executive of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, which oversees PIT. “This is a very unique community in that you have a lot of meeters and greeters, people who drop off and pick up loved ones,” she told Bloomberg.

For Cassotis, the move signals “a return to the good old days” before 9/11, when anyone could show up with flowers to pick someone up from the gate.

But a lot has changed since the good old days. For one thing, security requires far more thorough screenings. And whereas PIT was built as a major hub for US Airways, it now operates as an “origin and destination airport,” where people begin and end their journeys but rarely transit through on connections.

PIT’s history as a former hub explains its vast proportions: a “Center Core” has more than 100 retailers including a Furla, Brooks Brothers, and Hugo Boss. There are also mini-museums—one from the Carnegie Science Center and one commemorating Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood—and a recently revamped kids’ zone, created in partnership with Carnegie and the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. And the airport is home to more than 30 restaurants, ranging from fast-food and quick-service classics to, yes, restaurants by celebrity chefs such as Symon.

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Old October 28th, 2017, 01:39 AM   #5
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Seems like a good plan for right-sizing the airport.
Yeah, I always found it sad that airlines leave airports like that. Happened in Cleveland and I am sure other many others around the world.
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Old October 28th, 2017, 06:59 AM   #6
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Additional renderings:










Website with more info:
http://pittransformed.com/
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Old October 29th, 2017, 08:16 AM   #7
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Original 1950's terminal, since torn down:










Current airport:











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Old October 29th, 2017, 12:36 PM   #8
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The design looks like the new Lisbon airport proposal
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Old November 16th, 2017, 11:48 PM   #9
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Congrats on the Pitt to Seattle Alaska Airlines service! Saw that yesterday!

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Old November 18th, 2017, 04:01 AM   #10
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Congrats on the Pitt to Seattle Alaska Airways service! Saw that yesterday!
Yep! Its only one route with one flight a day, but this is a big one for PIT.


Some other recent air service gains at PIT:




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Old November 20th, 2017, 05:45 AM   #11
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Congrats on the Pitt to Seattle Alaska Airways service! Saw that yesterday!
Actually, it is Alaska Airlines, not Airways. Please edit your post. Thank you.
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Old November 24th, 2017, 10:46 PM   #12
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Here is the Master Plan Update. *Draft only*

http://pittransformed.com/wp-content..._OPTIMIZED.pdf
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Old November 29th, 2017, 08:30 PM   #13
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Air Canada to begin Pittsburgh-Montreal service.

http://www.flypittsburgh.com/newsroo...vice-to-montre
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Old November 29th, 2017, 11:22 PM   #14
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Air Canada to begin Pittsburgh-Montreal service.

http://www.flypittsburgh.com/newsroo...vice-to-montre
Nice! Let make it happen. Let see how it go.
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Old December 2nd, 2017, 02:17 AM   #15
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Here is the Master Plan Update. *Draft only*

http://pittransformed.com/wp-content..._OPTIMIZED.pdf

Interesting. The Master Plan calls for closing down their largest runway, 10R-28L to save on costs. That is a true right-sizing right there. Evidently both main runways have large portions that are of poor condition and it doesn't make sense (or cents) to maintain/repair both.
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