October 2006 Passenger Traffic Report for Pittsburgh International Airport
December 01, 2006
PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OCTOBER 2006 PASSENGER TRAFFIC REPORT
PITTSBURGH, PA (December 1, 2006) – Eight airlines at Pittsburgh International Airport showed an increase in passenger traffic in October according to the October 2006 Scheduled Airline Traffic Report, prepared by the Allegheny County Airport Authority. Six of those airlines showed growth of more than 10 percent, with four airlines reporting increases of more than 20 percent.
Leading the gainers once again was Southwest Airlines, which reported 16,218 more passengers in October 2006 than compared to October 2005. That accounts for a 19.6 percent increase in traffic for the airline (99,076 in October 2006/82,858 in October 2005; 19.6 percent). In terms of increase of the number of passengers, Delta was right behind Southwest, showing an increase of 14,023 passengers for the month (74,737/60,714; 23.1 percent).
Of the major airlines at Pittsburgh International Airport, Continental reported the largest percentage increase and had 11,823 more passengers in October 2006 compared to October 2005 (43,453/31,630; 37.4 percent). Northwest was right behind Continental with an increase of 9,521 passengers (50,303/40,782; 23.3 percent).
American Airlines’ passenger total increased by 4,169 (40,143/35,965; 11.6 percent), Midwest gained 3,244 passengers (7,870/4,626; 70.1 percent), United grew by 2,407 (59,806/57,399; 4.2 percent) and Air Canada had 208 more passengers (3,170/ 2,962; 7.0 percent).
“We are very pleased with October’s report. When so many airlines have such positive news it shows we are meeting the needs of the region and it shows air travelers are pleased with the choices we have to offer,” said Kent G. George, Executive Director of the Allegheny County Airport Authority.
A total of 858,827 scheduled passengers traveled through the airport in October 2006 – which is a 1.8 percent decrease compared to October 2005 (858,827/874,677). Year-to-date scheduled airport traffic shows a 5.5 percent decrease (8,346,242/8,832,592; 5.5 percent).
For the month of October, US Airways showed a 14.3 percent decrease in traffic, a total of 69,973 fewer passengers (420,460/490,433; 14.3 percent decrease). Meanwhile, AirTran’s total dropped by 7,820 passengers (25,874/33,694, 23.2 percent) and USA3000 reported 4,105 less passengers (12,549/16,654; 24.6 percent).
JetBlue, which began service at Pittsburgh International Airport on June 30, 2006, reported a total of 21,395 passengers for the month.
“October was a good month, and we hope to continue that momentum throughout the holidays,” George said. “Southwest just announced new service to Baltimore/Washington and Myrtle Beach Direct Air and Tours has announced new service beginning in March. We will continue to work to expand service that fits our region’s needs.”
See charts below.
October 2006 Scheduled Traffic at Pittsburgh International Airport
2006 Year-to-Date Scheduled Traffic at Pittsburgh International Airport