Allegheny County Airport Authority announces G20 a success at Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport
September 28, 2009 - The Allegheny County Airport Authority reports a successful outcome to the complex endeavor of G20 Summit aircraft operations. All was accomplished without incident and with no interruption to normal commercial airline service.
- This is the first time a single commercial service airport has ever managed aircraft operations for a G20 Summit and this summit attracted a record number of international leaders
- A total of 54 Summit-related aircraft landed and took off from Pittsburgh International Airport.
- 108 aircraft escorts were provided for summit aircraft. Landing and departing planes were met by Airport Authority personnel staffed vehicles to lead aircraft to the area for deplaning and lead the aircraft to the parking position. This was necessary because the pilots were not familiar with the airfield. These escorts helped facilitate timely arrivals and departures and increase the safety factor on the airfield during these complex operations.
- 108 official motorcade escorts were provided by airport authority operations personnel, where each motorcade had to lead onto the airfield to greet arriving Summit flights and then escorted off the airfield after delegations deplaned and transferred to vehicles.
- In summary, from 2pm, Wednesday, September 23 to 2:30 pm, Saturday, September 26, a total of 8,300 airfield escorts were provided by Airport Authority Operations Personnel. In addition to the ones above, escorts also were provided for:
- Fueling aircraft,
- Delivering equipment to aircraft
- Escorting crews to the aircraft
- Escorting catering trucks to the aircraft
- Escorting cleaning and lav services to the aircraft
- Escorting aircraft handling services (stairs, baggage trucks, support staff)
- Escorting diplomatic and security details for arriving flights.
- Inside the airport:
- The Airport Authority staff provided 22 diplomatic and security escorts to the gates for those VIPs who flew commercial flights.
- Visit Pittsburgh staffed a welcome center at the airport’s airside terminal to greet international media.
- The Airport’s Customer Service Staff operated extended hours to handle calls and in person queries.
- Volunteer ambassadors staffed the landside and airside terminals as well as the Military Courtesy Center for Summit-related and normal airport customer service needs.
- At Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, aircraft related to security for the event were based here. In total ten security- related helicopters and airplanes staged their operations.
Bradley D. Penrod, Executive Director/CEO, statement:
The Allegheny County Airport Authority and our partners have successfully hosted the leaders from 25 nations and provided airfield services to the 54 aircraft making the airports the global center of aviation operations and security from Wednesday, September 23 to Saturday, September 26.
The first and last opinion of the Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania region is the airport, and I proudly say that because of our highly skilled and dedicated staff, we provided our international visitors with world-class airport facilities and customer service.
I wish to thank the employees of the Airport Authority and our partners. I am extremely proud of the proactive and professional efforts made for a safe and successful G-20 Summit event.
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