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"Pittsburgh International hailed as Airport of the Year"

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pittsburgh International hailed as Airport of the Year
By Heidi Murrin
The Pittsburgh (PA) Tribune-Review  

Pittsburgh International Airport on Tuesday became the first U.S. airport to be 
named Airport of the Year by Air Transport World magazine. 

Pittsburgh joins Hong Kong International, London Heathrow and Singapore Changi 
as honorees since the award has been given over the past four years. 

"For Pittsburgh International Airport to win this designation - and they'll 
have a big awards banquet in New York City coming up in March - really tells 
about how far this airport has come in the last couple of years," said 
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. 

Pittsburgh International serves 68 nonstop destinations, up from 37 just three 
years ago. The airport just finished its busiest year since 2008 with more than 
8.3 million passengers, posting a third consecutive year of gains after more 
than a decade of decline. 

"This award is a huge honor from a longtime, respected industry resource. 
Pittsburgh International has turned a corner - passengers, flights and 
destinations are up - and the industry has taken notice," Allegheny County 
Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said in a prepared statement. "We're 
excited by the turnaround story at the airport, which has been powered by a 
tenacious team at every level in the Authority and an engaged and supportive 

Fitzgerald lauded the progress the airport has made since the days it served as 
a hub for US Airways. 

"When we were a one airline airport many years ago, you could get to more 
places - a little over 100, I think destinations - but you only had one 
choice," he said. "They had a monopoly. Your price was much, much higher, so I 
think for a lot of ways we've really been able to improve what's going on, and 
more to come." 

Air Transport World is recognized in the aviation industry as a key source that 
industry professionals rely on for analysis, marketing and intelligence.
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