Monday, March 29, 2010

Still on the list

Latest data just out has the airport ranked as the 45th busiest airport (out of the 50 largest airports that is).   So we are pushing down to edge of the list.  Remember Pittsburgh is the 22nd largest metro.  See the full Pittsburgh profile from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics with lots of stats.  I didn't realize Atlanta was a bigger destination than Philadelphia for folks departing Pittsburgh.  By segment I presume and not ultimate destination?  But to rank so far below our population rank would say that our location quotient for air service is quite low.


Anonymous BrianTH said...

It would be interesting to know how we ranked once you hold aside connecting passengers, since I assume that is part of the explanation for why PIT is relatively low on this list.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Going to Philly is an unpleasant drive, but it isn't a long one. In the time it takes to get to the airport and get throught security, you could be almost to Bedford. At least if you start from the east end. Add in the time to drive from the Philly airport to whereever and the risk-adjusted time for a flight delay, it's hardly worth the bother.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just exited a Southwest flight. Onboard magazine has Saint Louis adding 6 new non-stops in May. 5 to cities we currently do not serve non-stop (New Orleans, San Diego, Seattle, Raliegh, LA, one other).

The SL market is the size of Pittsburgh and closer to a major Southwest hub (Midway) than we are. Why aren't WE getting some of these flights. Perhaps SW needs a spillover to accomdate growing Midway traffic, but again, Pit could be considered a candidate for this (remember UA and Chicago). Why aren't we getting any of the wins here?

I can't help but think our airport authority is doing a very lousy job marketing the airport. The lack of domestic non-stops out of Pit is pretty demoralizing.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 2:35:00 PM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

According to the linked sheet, Southwest in particular has been steadily adding to its Pittsburgh passenger totals, and in 2009 actually passed USAir (heading in the opposite direction) for top carrier.

Personally, I think we are still somewhat living in the shadow of USAir, and it may take a bit longer to achieve our natural mix of routes.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 2:44:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Southwest in particular has been steadily adding to its Pittsburgh passenger totals

I've stopped flying regional carriers after I discovered what they pay the pilots. For places I fly, that leaves Southwest as the only option.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 3:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our position between major Southwest hubs in Chicago, Baltimore and Philly probably means we wouldn't see the type of increase in flights that St. Louis is experiencing.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 7:01:00 PM  
Anonymous johnnyg said...

(1) When you add the two airports (Midway and O'Hare), Chicago is a bigger destination than Philly or the ATL.

(2) Southwest has been at STL a lot longer than PIT. So, people are more likely to fly them. We're just too close to too many hubs for PIT to grow dramatically. Our best shot was for Air Tran to grow, but no one flew them to Chicago, Boston, or Philly. So they now only go south.

(3) Of course, we have great service to Florida. I bet half the flights we have go to the Sunshine State. The demographics make it so. Where else do retired people go?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 8:31:00 PM  

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