PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 2014 AIR SERVICE INCENTIVE PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
- AIRLINES ENCOURAGED TO LAUNCH NEW NONSTOP FLIGHTS TO SAN DIEGO, SEATTLE AND OTHER POPULAR ROUTES
PITTSBURGH, PA (January 10, 2014) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority has launched its 2014 Air Service Incentive Program for airlines to encourage nonstop service to destinations from Pittsburgh International Airport. Among the top destinations the Airport Authority is seeking this year include San Diego, Seattle, New Orleans, Myrtle Beach and Jacksonville, Fla.
“These are important routes and we want to show the airlines that we have the market to sustain long-term service. We believe that these incentives give the airlines an opportunity to serve the community at a lower initial risk and provides the region the chance to support them,” said Bradley D. Penrod, President and Chief Strategy Officer, Allegheny County Airport Authority. “As an origination and destination airport, with predictable costs and no slot restrictions, Pittsburgh International Airport can offer carriers a package of landing fees, marketing support and overnight parking waivers to begin service to these routes, which the community has indicated it will support.”
The goal of the Air Service Incentive Program is to partner with airlines on service to new nonstop destinations. The Allegheny County Airport Authority is jointly working to increase the success of airlines in Pittsburgh while supporting the community’s needs for additional air service. Airlines have the opportunity to experience growth in new destinations with the incentive support that requires a commitment of service to allow the route to mature. Incentives range from a waiver of landing fees to marketing support depending on the routes. Seasonal Caribbean and Latin American destinations, as well as some North American destinations on a seasonal or less than daily schedule, are also available for some incentives.
“Our regional economy has been doing very well and we have been successful in adding routes, including Punta Cana, Houston, and Nashville in the past year,” said Penrod. “We offered a similar package in 2013 and want to continue to attract airlines to serve these important business markets to keep our economy healthy.”