PITTSBURGH – In April, Pittsburgh International Airport recorded its biggest monthly jump in passenger traffic since 2011 at 11.2 percent, boosting year-to-date growth to nearly 6 percent.
The increases are largely a result of new service on Southwest to St. Louis and Los Angeles, capacity growth on Southwest to Orlando, as well as new seasonal service to New Orleans. The airline also continued seasonal service to West Palm Beach for an additional two weeks in April. New flights on Frontier and OneJet, and capacity growth on United to Chicago, also contributed to the totals.
"These numbers are impressive and continue a four-year trend of growth at Pittsburgh International,” said Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis. “We are encouraged by the increases in flights, seats and passenger traffic that indicate confidence in our market by the airlines."In April, Southwest carried just over 30 percent of all passengers traveling through Pittsburgh International, followed by American at 27 percent, Delta at 16 percent and United at 14 percent. Airlines including Allegiant, JetBlue, Frontier, Air Canada, Southern Airways, OneJet and Porter combined for the remaining 13 percent.In April 2017, 720,778 passengers traveled through the airport compared with 648,165 passengers in 2016. Through the first four months of 2017, 2,591,953 passengers have flown compared with 2,448,306 in 2016. Nearly every carrier saw more passengers in April 2017, and all but three carriers saw double-and triple-digit year-over-year growth.
About Allegheny County Airport Authority: Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to increasing air service, improving customer service and inspiring growth in the Pittsburgh region. Its 2016 Annual Report detailing growth and improved financial position can be found at flypittsburgh.com/AR16.
Pittsburgh International Airport serves more than 8 million passengers annually on 16 carriers. During the past two years, the airport has increased its nonstop destinations more than 80 percent to include 68 airports. Air Transport World named Pittsburgh International its 2017 Airport of the Year. Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast both named Pittsburgh International a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2016. In addition, TripAdvisor ranked Pittsburgh International Airport a Travelers’ Choice Favorite for Shopping in 2016.