Sunday, May 28, 2017

Exciting News From Pittsburgh International Airport


Condor Airlines announced new seasonal nonstop service to Frankfurt, Germany, a city that has been in high demand by the Pittsburgh region. Twice weekly flights (Fridays and Mondays) will begin on June 23, 2017, and continue through September. Flights will be offered on a Boeing 767-300 with a Business Class, premium economy, in-seat entertainment system in all classes and new seats. This aircraft will also be able to carry cargo.

According to the German American Chamber of Commerce in Pittsburgh, there are approximately 11,000 people working for German-owned companies in the region; 5,000 German citizens with family in the area; 125 German companies including Adidas, BASF, Bayer, Covestro, Bosch, SAP and Siemens.

The last time Pittsburgh International had service to Frankfurt was in October 2004. Frankfurt is a key city for business and leisure travelers alike, and offers important connections throughout Germany and Europe to cities including Munich, which has become the second largest hub for Condor.

Today, Pittsburgh becomes one of 17 destinations served by Condor in North America. On an annual basis, more than seven million passengers fly with Condor, which celebrated its 60 th anniversary in September, to about 75 destinations in Europe, America, Africa and Asia.


One of Europe’s fastest growing airlines,  WOW air, will continue to offer easy and low-cost ways for Americans to travel to Europe by soon adding Pittsburgh to the growing list of destinations.

The affordable transatlantic airline will begin nonstop flights from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) to Iceland for as low as $99* one-way including taxes. For only $149.99*, travelers can continue their trip to WOW air’s other European destinations including London, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris and Dublin.

Tickets went on sale November 7, 2016.

Service from PIT to and from Iceland will start at four days a week with connecting flights on to other available European destinations. The inaugural flight from Pittsburgh will be on June 16, 2017.

The new PIT route will be serviced by the A321 aircraft, which will each carry 220 passengers in a single-class configuration. Seat pitch will vary from 30 inches as standard to 34 inches at an additional charge.

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China Caissa Signing Agreement
 Caissa Touristic announced its intention to conduct nonstop charter service from China to Pittsburgh beginning this year, the region’s first link to the lucrative Chinese tourism market.

Pittsburgh is the first market in North America to receive nonstop charter service on a program through Caissa. The flights will be between China and Pittsburgh in 2017 as part of a partnership agreement with Pittsburgh International Airport, VisitPITTSBURGH, and Idea Foundry. Pittsburgh will be the arriving and departing gateway for hundreds of Chinese tourists who are visiting the U.S. East Coast.

The company will also be selling tickets to the Pittsburgh region for those interested in nonstop service to China on the return flights. The precise schedule will be finalized in coming weeks. The plans could include flights next summer as a part of the multi-year partnership with Caissa.

“We are excited to enter into this historic partnership with Pittsburgh International Airport and the Pittsburgh region to offer an additional travel option to the United States,” said Caissa Touristic President Chen Xiaobing, “Pittsburgh will be a great connection to Chinese markets.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our region to become, really, the first medium-size city in the country as a destination for Chinese tourists,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. “Our region’s businesses, the airport, and our tourism industry will be the primary beneficiary of this agreement.”

Fitzgerald, along with Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis, VisitPITTSBURGH CEO Craig Davis and Michael Matesic, President & CEO of Idea Foundry, Inc., traveled to China and met with officials there.

“This is huge step forward for the future, particularly for nonstop air service to China. The charter-to-scheduled service model has been successfully adopted in other parts of the world,” said Christina Cassotis, Pittsburgh International Airport CEO. “We are the first U.S. market to tap into China’s fast-growing tourism market with this type of business model, and it shows Pittsburgh to be an industry leader.”

VisitPITTSBURGH will work with Caissa to book hundreds of Chinese tourists at Pittsburgh’s hotels, restaurants, cultural attractions, and outdoor tours. The marketing partnership also includes a year-round destination marketing campaign facilitated by VisitPITTSBURGH, aimed at delivering smaller Chinese tour groups on existing scheduled flights via other international gateways in the shoulder and off-peak seasons as well.

“Our region’s tourism-related businesses are truly excited to have this opportunity to market Pittsburgh to China – a market that is exponentially increasing and looking to travel,” VisitPITTSBURGH CEO Craig Davis said. “These flights mean Pittsburgh will be a focus of their American experience.”


After eight successful years of nonstop transatlantic service from Pittsburgh International Airport to Charles de Gaulle Airport, Delta Air Lines will once again be flying travelers in the region to Paris starting in May with an important earlier arrival time.

Delta will offer nonstop service to Paris starting May 25 through Sept. 30, 2017. The flight will be daily through August and will fly five times per week in September. The flight will depart Pittsburgh International at 7:30 p.m. and arrive in Paris at 9:25 a.m. The earlier arrival time into Paris allows for easy connections to other points in Europe, India and Israel. The flight departs Paris at 3:15 p.m. and arrives in Pittsburgh at 6:05 p.m.

"We're thrilled that Delta will be flying nonstop to Paris for the ninth year in a row, further demonstrating the demand for nonstop transatlantic service in our region,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. “Nonstop flights to Europe are important for our thriving business community as well as leisure travelers, and we thank Delta for continuing to provide that vital connection.

Nonstop Pittsburgh to Paris gets travelers to Europe and beyond more quickly and easily than lengthy connections. The service helps travelers avoid the busiest and most congested U.S. East Coast gateways.

Flights will feature amenities including flat-bed seating, Westin bedding, Delta Studio entertainment, power at every seat, Tumi amenity kits and fine dining options in Delta One on the aircraft to make traveling abroad more comfortable.

"Delta is an important partner of Pittsburgh International Airport and the airline’s transatlantic service shows its commitment to our region,” Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said. "This nonstop flight to Europe is popular with business travelers because it saves time on costly connections and allows for more vacation time for leisure travelers."

At Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), passengers can connect to 100-plus destinations in Europe, Asia, India and the Middle East on Delta and SkyTeam partners Air France/KLM. The top destinations for travelers from PIT connecting through CDG are Rome and Amsterdam.

Pittsburgh International Airport is equipped with TSA PreCheck lanes for departing passengers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Global Entry Kiosks for faster international re-entry processing. Additionally, with a Trusted Traveler Enrollment Center located on the Ticketing Level in the Landside Terminal, travelers can also complete their enrollment interviews inside the airport.

In 2015, the airport improved the international arrivals process to save travelers time in getting home.

About Allegheny County Airport Authority: Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to increasing air service, improving customer service and inspiring growth in the Pittsburgh region. Pittsburgh International Airport serves more than 8 million passengers annually on 15 carriers.

During the past two years, the airport has increased its nonstop destinations 75 percent to include 68 markets. J.D. Power ranked Pittsburgh International in its Top 10 medium-size airports in its 2015 North American Airport Satisfaction Study. Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast both named Pittsburgh International a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2016. In addition, TripAdvisor ranked Pittsburgh International Airport a Travelers’ Choice Favorite for Shopping in 2016.

Air Transport World magazine recently announced Pittsburgh International Airport as its 2017 Airport of the Year, joining an impressive list of past winners around the world as the first U.S. airport to win. Pittsburgh joins the ranks of Hong Kong International, London Heathrow and Singapore Changi, respectively, since the airport category was added four years ago. 

“In the past two years, Pittsburgh International Airport has nearly doubled the number of nonstop destinations available to travelers. Just like our region, the airport service continues to grow, serving business and leisure travelers alike,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. “We are proud of the work being done by the team at Pittsburgh International Airport, and thank ATW for this fantastic recognition.”

Pittsburgh International was officially be honored in March along with other winners and was featured in the subsequent issue of the magazine.

“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. “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 community.”

In selecting Pittsburgh International Airport, ATW cited the rapid ascent in air service gains as well as increased community engagement. Pittsburgh International serves 68 nonstop destinations, a 75 percent increase over the 37 destinations available in 2014. The airport has seen multiple new carriers enter the market including Condor, WOW, Allegiant, Frontier, OneJet, Porter, and Southern Airways, as well as additions from Southwest, Delta and JetBlue. The airport just finished its busiest year since 2008 with more than 8.3 million passengers, posting a third straight year of gains after more than a decade of decline.

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