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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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Canadian airlines remain bullish that their domestic capacity growth is keeping pace with demand

7-Oct-2014 8:44 PM

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.

Spirit Airlines unleashes new competitive dynamics in Cleveland with challenge to Frontier Airlines

27-Sep-2014 10:23 PM

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 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.

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