Pittsburgh Airport Costs Could Hinder Growth


Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) has failed to live up to its potential since construction was completed nearly two decades ago.  As we wrote in a previous Policy Brief (Volume 11, Number 8), it was built to handle approximately 30-40 million passengers as the key hub in the US Airways system.  Passenger traffic reached its peak in the late 1990s when about 21 million passengers passed through the airport but had fallen to 8.2 million in 2010.  In January the County Executive claimed that he would make increasing activity at PIT a priority in 2011. 



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