Pittsburgh Airport registers 8.2% surge in passenger traffic in 2017
January 21, 2018: Pittsburgh International Airport attracted about 12,000 passengers in 2017, registering an 8.2 percent increase over last year. It's the largest year-over-year percentage increase in passengers in more than a decade.
During its recently held monthly airport authority board of directors' meeting, CEO Christina Cassotis presented the December airport statistics, highlighting several important achievements for the year including new domestic and international flights, increased seat capacity and more options for business and leisure travelers.
'Nine million is one million more passengers flying from Pittsburgh than we had four years ago,' said Cassotis.
'We are on a great growth trajectory, and that is thanks to our partnerships with airlines and our community to make sure that we are meeting the needs of this region from a business and leisure perspective,' she said.
New service added in the last 12 months by Spirit, WOW Air, Delta and OneJet, as well as capacity growth to Miami and Chicago on American; Atlanta on Southwest and Delta; Ft. Myers and Dallas on Southwest; and Boston on Delta, JetBlue and American all contributed to increases in seats, flights and passengers.
Additionally, WOW Air provides nonstop transatlantic service four times per week from Pittsburgh to Reykjavik; Allegiant continued weekend charter service to Cancun and Punta Cana, and Delta began weekend charter service to Cancun on December 23.
During December, 744,075 passengers traveled through Pittsburgh International Airport, which is a 13 percent increase over December 2016. During 2017, about 8,988,016 passengers traveled, which is an 8.2 percent increase over 2016.
Meanwhile, new routes announced for 2018 include Sarasota and Charleston starting April on Allegiant; Kansas City, Palm Beach and Memphis starting in March on OneJet; Montreal starting in May on Air Canada; Seattle starting in September on Alaska; Cancun starting in June on Southwest, Puerto Plata starting in March on Apple Vacations and Cozumel and Grand Bahama starting in May and June on Vacation Express.