The Paris of Cleveburgh
So this is interesting in lots of ways. The Cleveland Plain Dealer is just now reporting on developments at the Pittsburgh International Airport. See: Pittsburgh airport says regional strategy and shale can propel air traffic. So to begin, points for connecting shale to everything. How many folks from Bradford are going to be filling seats to Paris I am a bit dubious of, but still. With apologies to Brian O it gives another whole meaning to the Paris of Appalachia meme.
Why is the article really interesting? It's funny when folks talk about promoting Cleveburgh you also see the head on competition for air traffic going on between folks here and folks in Pittsburgh. Kind of anti-Cleveburgh thinking in all of that. But the amount of ink the Plain Dealer is spending on reporting on the Pittsburgh airport is a bit seminal fwiw.
and I really thought I was watching for local coverage of this pretty closely.. and it is possible I missed it. Note that the PD article is giving a number for the amount of subsidy Delta got for year 2 of their Pittsburgh to Paris flight. It says the 2nd year's subsidy was "less that (sic) $2 million", well down from the maximum $5 million for the first year of the flight. We knew the $5 million number some time ago. Did we really have to learn the (pseudo) $2 million number from the PD?? That would be fascinating.
I will stand corrected if someone can find a public record of the 2nd year number. I only note I did not see any data on this as of this July 2011 post.
and I'll add one other thing on the general airport strategy of building up a regional flight network. Don't you think that reads verbatim as the business plan for Allegheny Airlines at some point in the past. I was recently told there is an Allegheny Airlines Historical Society. Maybe we have that actual plan out there somewhere?