Pittsburgh International Airport opens up 10 additional gates
By Bobby Kerlik
Published: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 2:54 p.m.
Passengers at Pittsburgh International Airport will get to see all of the once-bustling Concourse A for the first time in five years.
Airport officials said Friday they opened 10 additional gates in the concourse and tore down a wall built in 2008 to close off space vacated after US Airways dropped Pittsburgh as a hub.
Eric Ruprecht, director of business and properties at the airport, said United and Continental and Southwest and AirTran wanted to be in the same concourse because of each pair's merger.
“We had walled off the end of Concourse A when US Airways cut back,” Ruprecht said. “In order to (accommodate the merged airlines) we decided to open up additional gates.”
Ruprecht said the additional gates are not related to increased passenger traffic. Passenger traffic is down compared to last year.
“It's really more for the convenience of passengers and airlines,” he said.
Five years ago, declining flight service prompted the airport to close 27 gates and wall off far ends of concourses A and B — a move that cut maintenance and utility costs by $1 million a year. Portions of B remain closed.
The move prompted three businesses to reopen, including a Quaker Steak & Lube and Mayorga Coffee Roasters Express, said Jay Kruisselbrink, vice-president of development for AirMall USA, which manages concessions at the airport.
“ We think it will help with growth at the airport,” Kruisselbrink said. “We didn't have much on (concourse) C where United was located. We never had the space or the passengers for much retail there.”
Pittsburgh served about 8 million passengers last year, down from 8.7 million in 2008 before the recession began and from 19.8 million in 2000, when the airport served as a busy hub for US Airways.
Recent monthly statistics show traffic dropped 1.9 percent in June compared with June 2012. Pittsburgh had 725,944 passengers in June, down from 740,113 passengers in June 2012, authority data show. Airport traffic dipped in 10 of the past 12 months reported, data show.
Two airlines reported monthly passenger gains, led by AirTran Airways, which had a 20.1 percent jump in passengers year-to-year. United Airlines also reported a modest 1.9 percent increase.
Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers to release LaMarr Woodley; Taylor restructures contract
- Analysis: Steelers could fill needs with free agents while not spending big bucks
- Crosby lifts Penguins over Capitals in last game of road trip
- Stage volunteer dies following collapse at Pine-Richland High School
- Top pitching prospect Taillon’s time with Pirates must wait a bit
- Marcellus shale driller Noble Energy Inc. sinks roots into Pittsburgh
- Community cooperation credited in Glassport shooting arrests
- Charges expected in fatal Duquesne accident
- Penguins notebook: Heralded Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov debuts with Capitals
- Lincoln Way upgrade begins
- Hempfield couple charged in thefts