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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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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.

American and JetBlue’s interline termination reflects the realities of US airline consolidation

15-Mar-2014 12:40 AM

Cancellation of an interline and frequent flyer tie-up between American Airlines and JetBlue is a direct result of the American and US Airways merger and the new combined airline’s improved positioning on the US east coast driven by the Philadelphia hub at legacy US Airways.

A product of the integration under way between US Airways and American, the new American’s hub in Philadelphia was simply too close to both Boston and JFK airports covered by the relationship between American and JetBlue.


While the termination of the agreement between American and JetBlue is a small development in the complex integration occurring between US Airways and American, it is another by product of the changing dynamics that consolidation is ushering into the aviation business landscape.

Southwest Airlines reinforces San Diego, La Guardia, adds routes, withdrawing from smaller airports

21-Dec-2013 9:00 PM

Southwest Airlines plans to create additional pressure on Alaska Air Group during 2014 as Delta continues its raid on Alaska’s Seattle hub. Just as Delta invades some of Alaska’s top markets from Seattle, Southwest is upping competition with Alaska from San Diego – an airport from which Alaska has been steadily expanding during the past couple of years to support its network diversification strategy. Southwest apparently believes an opportunity exists to leverage its leading position at the airport to add both transcontinental flights and service along the US west coast during 2014. It intends to add three new markets – Orlando, Portland and Seattle – and re-launch service to New Orleans after discontinuing flights in 2005.

At the same time the carrier has also outlined plans for the additional LaGuardia slots it secured as a result of the American-US Airways merger. It plans to bolster service from the closest airport to Manhattan to its strongholds of Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby as well as Nashville and Akron-Canton.

The small market casualties resulting from Southwest’s acquisition of and merger with AirTran Airways are also continuing as service from Branson, Missouri, Jackson, Mississippi and Key West, Florida is being eliminated. Other cuts include flights from Atlanta to Dayton, Norfolk and Louisville. It seems capacity in those markets is shifting to other points from Atlanta where Southwest can possibly target more local traffic.

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