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Airlines gaining passengers at Pittsburgh International

| Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002

Air travel at Pittsburgh International Airport continued to regain lost ground in November, according to figures released Wednesday by the Allegheny County Airport Authority.

November's passenger count was off 9.6 percent from a year ago, a smaller drop than in October, when the count was 14.5 percent less than the same month a year earlier.

And despite the drop in air travel since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the airport's year-to-date total through November remains 1.4 percent higher than last year.

The airport's record-breaking passenger levels ended in September, when the number of travelers dropped 34 percent below September 2000's count.

Through November, nearly 18.5 million passengers traveled through the airport compared to 18.2 million through November 2000 - a 1.4 percent increase.

US Airways, the airport's primary airline, reported this week its systemwide passenger count was down in December by nearly 24 percent. Airline passengers dropped from 4.9 million in December 2000 to 3.7 million last month.

For the year, the airline reported it's passenger count was down 7.5 percent, from 60.6 million in 2000 to 56.1 million in 2001.

A U.S. Department of Transportation report released Wednesday showed the damage caused to the airline industry following the Sept. 11 attacks.

Among other things, the report found there were nearly 18 percent fewer scheduled flights in October than in October 2000, and revenues of large airlines fell 17 percent in the third quarter compared to the same quarter in 2000.

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