Air Drops.... pour tout les
While we are on the topic. Current news is about a report that says Pittsburgh will lose 300 jobs as a result of Southwest's dropping a PIT-PHL flight. I suspect that job loss is on the high side. How many flights and/or individual routes are there out of Pittsburgh? Total jobs in air transportation (NAICS 481) in Allegheny County currently is at all of 2,491 as of December. We still have quite a sizable number of flights and routes so each 'airline-route' (to make up a metric) can't be worth anywhere near 300 jobs on average even if you take a healthy multiplier and divide. I guess I have to go read the report to see if they are trying to quanitfy the economic impact of the higher air fare costs which are likely to result. If that is true it sure would be ironic since rarely did anyone locally try to measure the job loss resulting from high air fares across the board (not just on any one flight) a decade ago.
By the way..the 4th quarter's job count in Allegheny County for jobs in the air transportation industry (NAICS 481) of 2,491 was up 11 jobs from December 2009 which made it the very first December year over year jobs increase in the local air transportation industry in a long time. I bet 10 to 15 years or more, but I am not sure how far back I can go consistenly on that. +11 jobs is all, but hey better than yet another decline.
Looking back those 10 years, since everyone is looking for Rick Santorum quotes. This is not in any way good or bad for the campaign, just historical commentary in congress on how great our airport is in general and specifically looking at the loss of our flight to London-Gatwick (people forget that one) . Strange reading it now. Yes, yes, Ken, we know as scheduled the Paris flight restarts in March. Allons-y!