Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Airport Roundup

I suspect Ken is mad at me for never getting around and making note of some good news at the airport.  It is old news now, but a few months ago it was announced Delta's Pittsburgh to Paris flight will expanded to 7 days a week beginning in June.  A good thing, though peak summer season is not the rub.  It is potentially a good sign when looking to see if they continue the flight without their seminal subsidies provided by the ACCD and the state.  It goes along with today's news that Delta has the Paris flight on their fall schedule, though I am pretty sure that isn't new news either as you could book through October since the beginning of the year. As to whether the flight really does stick around unsubsidized?  The latest word is they will let us know in late spring. There must be some angst that it will not happen, or else there would not be the big marketing push. It really will be a big turnound for the flight if they go from taking in the maximum subsidy to being willing to sustain it at free market prices.  Given the news everyone expects today about the state budget being slashed, it seems unlikely the state will pony up for their part of that deal next year. 

Here's my big picture question.  Let's say it works and Delta keeps the flight.  Will other regions start competing with others via subsidies to airlines for flights they want?  This all could become the paradigm.  Airlines would love it I guess.

Speaking of the ACCD...  former ACCD CEO Michael Langley seems to have landed a new gig in Minneapolis St. Paul

How about I make it up to him with more good news mostly unmentioned here.  This counts as our daily metric as well.  Looks like few have noticed that the airport was counted as the 7th best airport by Conde Nast Traveler's 13th Annual Business Travel Awards poll. More interesting that that version of the story comes from Youngstown.  So a Cleveburgh story as well.

More interesting news to me at least, but Pittsburgh is one of a set of airports recently granted new licenses to fly direct to Cuba.  If only that could help the Pirates recruit up and coming talent. 

and for the uber geeks among us..  Delta is looking to add electronic charging stations out at the airport.

and while this story made the rounds for its sheer curiousity... I swear this is a Marcellus Shale story unto itself:  Continental flight delayed by 3 hours because of broken toilet.  I will bet that Houston has had the biggest percentage increase in flights direct to Pittsburgh over the last 2-3 years.  Between the flights of all the itinerant works and the likely drilling on all the land they have out there, I would say the airport is potentially the single biggest benefactor of Marcellus Shale development in the county.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see Delta finally joining Southwest by adding charging stations in airline boarding areas. They're not just for ubergeeks. Business travelers use them to charge smartphones, various iFruit, and other devices.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 7:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots of Marcellus itinerant workers?! You must be mistaken. The politicians tell me that Marcellus will create a gajillion jobs for plain ol' folks right here in SW PA.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 8:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Guess Who? said...

"Angst"? Pshaw! Promotion during the slow winter travel period isn't a sign of angst, it's just good marketing.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 9:39:00 AM  

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