PIT’s July passenger counts

PIT’s July passenger counts

Passenger counts at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), total, domestic and international, in July remained well below July 2019 levels.  Recently released data by the Allegheny County Airport Authority show total July passengers were 17.3 percent below the July 2019 reading—a slight improvement from June’s 18.5 percent shortfall.  But it represents a major worsening from the April posting of 13.2 percent under the 2019 figure.

July’s international count was disappointing—41 percent behind the same month in 2019. The July figure was substantially better than the 61.3 percent shortfall in April.  Obviously, the British Airways passenger count is well below the level necessary to close the gap with 2019. That pre-COVID count probably included other international carriers that have since departed PIT.  

On the other hand, domestic passenger recovery has slipped since April when the gap with April 2019 was just 12 percent.  In July the shortfall widened to 16.4 percent.  And because domestic passengers account for about 95 percent of total passengers, changes in that category dominate the overall traveler totals.

By way of comparison, the TSA checkpoint gauge of air travel at U.S. airports was down 12 percent in July compared to 2019 while PIT was 17.3 percent lower over the same period.