Pittsburgh International Airport
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- 3505m x 61m
3201m x 46m
2959m x 46m
2469m x 46m
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- Air Canada
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- Aer Lingus
All Nippon Airways
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines
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Virgin Atlantic Airways
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
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Pittsburgh International Airport was one the first major hubs to face the reality of tough economic times as US Airways in the middle of the last decade opted to pull down a significant amount of service at its one time hub. Further cuts occurred after US Airways merged with America West that resulted in Pittsburgh essentially becoming a spoke for hubs of the US major airlines.
The result was Pittsburgh being left with a fairly new terminal designed for connecting passengers that exceeded demand for its new status as an origin and destination airport.
But like other airports, Pittsburgh has learned the art of reinvention, and has kept passenger throughput relatively stable during the last few years with new service from low cost airlines and some capacity additions by legacy airlines. Now the airport has embarked on a more unconventional strategy to slash debt and offer airlines a competitive cost base.
Allegiant Air is making some subtle network shifts as consolidation in the US airline industry has made operating from mid-size hubs more viable for the airline. During 2014 it has rapidly built up Cincinnati, as Delta has pulled down service at its smaller hub to maximise its network utility.
During 2015 Allegiant is introducing flights from other mid-size markets as it concludes those larger regions may not require as much deep discounting as some smaller markets within its network. The airline is also using its Airbus narrowbodies to increase its network breadth by placing those jets in markets unviable for its MD-80s, which still comprise the majority of its fleet.
Allegiant’s moves show that even as the US market may appear to have reached a steady state of maturity, market dynamics within that framework are changing, albeit at less dramatic levels.
One of the lowest cost airlines in North America – Allegiant Air – could see a double digit rise in unit cost growth in CY2014 stemming from training expense and an aircraft acquisition that the company believes will ultimately generate high returns, but is creating short term pressure since the jets are not producing available seat miles.
Allegiant anticipates the challenges it has encountered in pilot training as only temporary and should be resolved by mid-2015. The easing of training expense alongside operating more unit cost friendly A320s should create a more favourable unit cost scenario in CY2015.
The company is also staying the course on its network strategy – assigning less priority to launching international service to Mexico, refining its goals for Hawaii and touting opportunities in the US domestic market ushered in by consolidation among the country’s largest airlines.
Canada’s two largest airlines believe that capacity growth in the country’s domestic market is in line with demand even if the expansion is occurring at a much more rapid pace than the country’s GDP growth.
Both Air Canada and WestJet are solidly expanding their domestic supply during CY2014 at rates higher than their US counterparts. But the airlines conclude the dynamics of the Canadian market place are different from the US, where a once fragmented industry has rationalised due to consolidation.
Part of each airline’s rationale for expanding capacity is an ability to stimulate traffic through lower fares – a strategy WestJet has adopted since its inception. But with its decreasing costs allowing it to target a higher volume of leisure customers, Air Canada also believes it is stimulating some traffic it was previously unable to access.
The new ultra low-cost airline competition is more aggressively probing the soft underbelly of established pricing at Cleveland and Cincinnati as Spirit Airlines plans to enter the Cleveland market in early 2015. Spirit’s moves follow a rapid expansion by fellow ULCC Frontier Airlines in Cleveland after United dramatically downsized its smallest hub by cutting roughly 60% of its daily departures from the airport.
Now that Spirit plans to introduce flights from Cleveland, the market is also set to become the most visible test case of the US market’s ability to support two ultra low-cost airlines. Spirit and Frontier will compete on most of Spirit’s new routes from Cleveland alongside major airlines.
It is also Spirit’s most blatant competitive response to Frontier since Frontier was purchased by former large Spirit shareholder Indigo Partners. Spirit has offered little public comment about Frontier’s transition to the ultra low-cost model Spirit pioneered in the US roughly a decade ago; but perhaps Spirit’s network moves speak volumes about how it views a new ULCC entrant in the market place.
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.