March 2006 Passengers at Pittsburgh International Airport
May 12, 2006
MARCH 2006 PASSENGERS AT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
PITTSBURGH, PA (May 12, 2006) – Seasons may have changed in March, but Southwest Airlines’ growth has remained constant at Pittsburgh International Airport (www.FlyPittsburgh.com). The Texas-based airline carried 11 percent of the traffic during March 2006, the first time it has reached the mark since beginning operations in May of 2005. These figures are according to the March 2006 Scheduled Airline Traffic Report issued by the Allegheny County Airport Authority.
Southwest reported a total of 94,929 passengers in March – a total of 11 percent of total scheduled traffic. The airline show a total of 233,758 passengers year-to-date, which means it accounts for 10.37 percent of the passengers through the first three months of 2006.
Southwest, however, is not the only airline at the airport to report encouraging news. Midwest Airlines shows a 120.2 percent increase in passengers in March 2006 compared to March 2005 (7,287 passengers, March 2006/3,309 passengers, March 2005), and Continental Airlines reported a 28.6 percent increase (39,372/30,627). United (57,062/54,214, 5.3 percent) and Delta (67,491/66,925, 0.5 percent) also reported gains.
``The increases reported by these airlines reflect a direct growth in originating and destination traffic (O&D),`` explained Kent G. George, Allegheny County Airport Authority Executive Director. ``These numbers reflect passengers either beginning or ending trips here. Airfares between the carriers have become more competitive. We have a growing O&D market, which can be seen by the entrance of new carriers at Pittsburgh International Airport.``
Southwest Airlines recently celebrated its First Anniversary of operations at the airport and JetBlue will begin operations on June 30, 2006 with service to New York’s JFK Airport and to Boston’s Logan International Airport.
A total of 863,382 scheduled passengers traveled through Pittsburgh International Airport in March 2006 – which is a 6.7 decrease compared to March 2005 (863,382/925,148). Year-to-date scheduled airport traffic shows a 5.6 percent decrease (2,253,798/2,387,674).
US Airways and US Airways Express show a 20.7 percent decrease in traffic in March 2006 compared to March 2005 (482,307/608,450) and year to date, its combined traffic is down 17.6 percent (1,273,919/1,546,304).
All other scheduled carriers combined show a 20.3 percent increase in March 2006 compared to March 2005 (381,075/316,698). For the year, all other scheduled carriers show a 16.5 percent increase (979,879/841,370).
See charts attached.
March 2006 Scheduled Traffic at Pittsburgh International Airport
2006 Year-to-Date Scheduled Traffic at Pittsburgh International Airport