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Pittsburgh International Airport

Pittsburgh International Airport is the international gateway to Pittsburgh. Hosting domestic, regional and limited international passenger and cargo services for over 20 airlines, the airport is a secondary hub for US Airways.

Location of Pittsburgh International Airport, United States of America

Ground Handlers and Cargo Handlers servicing Pittsburgh International Airport


 
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Frontier Airilnes moves on Cincinnati and Cleveland, increasing overlap with Allegiant and Spirit

14-Sep-2014 6:01 AM

Frontier Airlines continues to be one of the most prominent airlines exploiting opportunities created by consolidation in the US market place, underscored by its rapid expansion from two hubs that have endured dramatic service reductions during the past few years – Cleveland and Cincinnati.

The airline during the last year has rapidly expanded from Cleveland as United made the inevitable decision to downsize its smallest hub. By Nov-2014 Frontier will serve many of the top markets from Cleveland, and rise to become the airport’s second largest airline measured by ASMs.

Frontier is also making a push from Cincinnati alongside its fellow ultra low-cost airline Allegiant Air, which is evaluating establishing a base at the airport. Cincinnati is also fertile ground for the low-cost model following Delta’s draw down as a result of its merger with Northwest Airlines. As Frontier’s changes take effect, the two ultra low-cost airlines are upping their competitive overlap from the airport, creating interesting competitive dynamics within the ULCC space.

PEOPLExpress Airlines nears completion of initial route line up. Success remains far from certain

11-Sep-2014 8:10 PM

US proposed startup PEOPLExpress Airlines is close to completing its initial route roll-out with a first point to point market outside its base at Newport News Williamsburg International Airport. The debut of service would be from Orlando International to Charleston, West Virginia in Oct-2014.  

Even as the airline is close to reaching a full two months in operation, the same questions over PEOPLExpress’ long term viability loom large – sustaining enough demand on thin O&D markets from Newport News to create a sustainable business.

Like other low-cost airlines, PEOPLExpress believes US consolidation has created a particular window of opportunity for airlines looking to target cost conscious travellers. But there is a huge gap between recognising an opportunity and successfully capitalising on favourable circumstances. PEOPLExpress has some ground still to cover before success can be guaranteed.

Ontario fuel tax can seriously damage Canadian airlines' long-haul competitiveness

17-Jul-2014 11:19 PM

Constant calls to lower the cost for companies doing business within the aviation sector in Canada have fallen on deaf ears in the Ontario government. The province seems poised to more than double aviation fuel tax during the next three years, creating challenges for airlines operating at Canada’s busiest airport Toronto, which is located in Ontario.

Opponents of the tax increase argue that not only will it add millions of dollars to top-line expenses at airlines, but the rise threatens to send more passengers across the border where they can travel more cheaply from US airports.

It is not surprising Toronto’s largest airline Air Canada is staunchly opposed to the increase, as Toronto is the main pillar of Air Canada’s international expansion. The scenario adds a layer of complexity not only to Air Canada’s international aspirations, but also to WestJet’s long-haul ambitions, in which Toronto will play a role.

United Airlines pressured to make network changes as its revenue growth remains sluggish

17-Jul-2014 5:00 PM

United Airlines’ prolonged underperformance in revenue generation relative to its US network airline peers has led to growing questions about United’s management of its network, and if certain hubs should be eliminated altogether.

Recently the performance of United’s Dulles hub has come under scrutiny as its proximity to the airline’s gateway at Newark Liberty seemingly diminishes the importance of Dulles in United’s overall network.

The latest bout of criticism for United reflects growing industry curiosity and impatience regarding a timeframe of when the airline could possibly close the revenue performance gap relative to its US peers. Until United begins to show solid signs of improvement, every detail of the airline’s network and operations will continue to be scrutinised, and the criticism is likely to continue.

Low-cost airline PEOPLExpress finally readies for launch; but will its "Vision" take hold?

3-Jun-2014 11:59 PM

More than two years after declaring plans to resurrect the PEOPLExpress name, executives are now planning a Jun-2014 launch from Newport News Williamsburg International Airport.

After the airline’s self-styled seasoned executives underestimated the effort and complexity of obtaining certification from the US Department of Transportation (DoT), PEOPLExpress is working with Las Vegas-based Vision Airlines to introduce service after flirting with the purchase of charter carrier XTRA Airways during 2013.

Without explicitly declaring itself an ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC), it seems PEOPLExpress is taking pages from Spirit’s playbook in offering cheap base fares and charging for other aspects of travel. It will be largely shielded from large network airlines on its initial crop of routes; but limiting its exposure to larger carriers does not alone guarantee the airline’s chances of success.

Fort Lauderdale Airport - becoming a unique niche for low-cost airlines in South Florida

26-May-2014 8:45 PM

Fort Lauderdale is a unique crossroads for three non-legacy airlines opting for the airport’s lower costs, a built-in leisure traveller base and a visiting friends and relatives (VFR) passenger segment.

JetBlue has recognised Fort Lauderdale’s trio of benefits, and has been rapidly expanding at the airport during the past two years. Fort Lauderdale is an important cog in JetBlue’s network, and the carrier has a stated goal of reaching 100 daily flights from the airport by 2017.

Of course Fort Lauderdale still remains the largest base and headquarters of ultra low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines. Southwest also has a solid presence at the airport, which in some ways makes Fort Lauderdale a mecca for carriers that declare themselves hybrid, low-cost or ultra low-cost.

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