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Seven Airlines Show Increase In Seats At PIT This Spring


  • Delta utilizes larger aircraft on important routes
  • AirTran, with SkyWest, offering 5,500 more seats this spring
  • February 2010 Passenger Traffic Report

PITTSBURGH, PA – Airlines at Pittsburgh International Airport have published schedule adjustments for the next few months, resulting in more available airplane seats, this is according to Aviation Planning Resources and is subject to change.

“This could be an indication that demand for air travel is increasing and a hopeful sign of economic turnaround,” said Bradley D. Penrod, Executive Director and CEO, Allegheny County Airport Authority.

Delta Airlines, which has completed its operational merger with Northwest Airlines at Pittsburgh International Airport, shows an 8.2 percent increase in seats in its schedule for May 2010 compared to May 2009 (34,646 seats in May 2010/32,018 seats in May 2009; 8.2 percent increase). The increase in seats offered reflects an upgrade in aircraft being utilized by the airline on flights to Minneapolis. Delta will now be using Airbus 319 and Airbus 320 aircraft on some on these flights where a regional jet was formerly used.

AirTran, JetBlue, United, American and Air Canada are all adding seats to the schedule at Pittsburgh International Airport this May. The number of seats AirTran is offering is up by 52.8 percent (17,020/11,136; 52.8 percent). The reason for this gain is that AirTran is increasing flights to Ft. Myers from one per week to one per day; to Fort Lauderdale from one per week to 11 per week; and to Milwaukee under the partnership with SkyWest, from no flights last May to three per day in May 2010.

JetBlue (5,600/4,800; 16.7 percent) and United (20,180/18,088; 11.6 percent) are also showing increases of seats offered of more than 10 percent. JetBlue is adding a second daily flight to Boston in May and a third will begin in June. The schedules for Air Canada (1,480/1,406; 5.3 percent) and American Airlines (11,380/11,014; 3.3 percent) also show increases in seats.

American’s increase is reflected in its use of larger aircraft on flights to Dallas, which started in the fall last year, and United’s service to Los Angeles and San Francisco plays a big part in United offering 2,092 more seats this spring.

Other notable airline changes include:
US Airways is adding one more weekly flight to Boston in July;
Delta is adding four more flights per week to New York JFK in June and increasing to one per day in July.
Delta is adding back the fifth flight per week to Paris in June.
In May, Southwest will add one flight per week to Chicago Midway, one/week to Baltimore, one/week to Tampa, one/week to Philadelphia, and one/week to Orlando.

Meanwhile, scheduled airline traffic at the airport decreased 11.1 percent in February 2010 compared to February 2009 as a total of 495,361 scheduled passengers were enplaned and deplaned at the airport (495,361/556,924; 11.1 percent). Year-to-date totals show an 8.0 percent decrease (1,040,604/1,131,121; 8.0 percent) according to the February 2010 Scheduled Airline Traffic Report prepared by the ACAA.

Much of the decrease in passenger traffic can be attributed to a record-setting snowfall in the Northeast the first weekend in February. The historic snow storm caused system-wide cancellation of flights for many airlines.

A total of four airlines reported increases for the month led by AirTran’s 15.2 percent increase in passengers (66,698/57,916). Other airlines that reported gains include Northwest (33,372/29,830; 13.6 percent), JetBlue (11,592/9,628; 20.4 percent), and Midwest (5,110/3,482; 46.8 percent).

Airlines that reported decreases in traffic include U.S. Airways (138,078/167,861; 17.7 percent); Southwest (85,502/104,888; 18.5 percent); Delta (48,268/60,242; 20.1 percent); United (44,587/46,254; 3.6 percent); Continental (29,253/31,964; 8.5 percent) American (27,326/31,526; 13.3 percent) and Air Canada (1,967/1,992; 1.3 percent).

SkyWest, which began operation this year, reported 3,608 passengers.


Apr 08, 2010