ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY ACCEPTS ROUTES MARKETING AWARD
- Honor designated by Commercial Airline Carriers for PIT’s ability to Retain Flights
PITTSBURGH, PA (April 10, 2014) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority and Pittsburgh International Airport were recently recognized for innovative marketing efforts at the Routes Americas Conference with a Highly Commended Marketing Award for medium-hub airports (4-20 million passengers/year).
The annual Routes awards are regarded as the most prestigious awards in the industry as they are voted for and judged by the airline network planning community. They provide the airline community with the chance to have their say as to which airport or tourism authority they think provides the best overall marketing services to them, whether this relates to their particular relationship, effective results, provision of data and information or innovative techniques to establish new or maintain and develop existing routes.
The award noted PIT's “ability to retain routes in an uncertain and changing environment due to consolidation of its largest carrier (US Airways/American Airlines merger).” The nomination included successful initiatives led by the Airport Authority’s Air Service Development, Corporate and Government Affairs and Communications departments.
Pittsburgh International Airport competed with airports from North, South, Central America and the Caribbean. Finalists were nominated by airlines and a respected panel of judges made up of senior members of the airline network planning community. Submissions from the nominated airports were reviewed in order to determine the winners. The awards will be continued throughout the year at all other Routes events, culminating at World Routes in Chicago this September.
“Having airlines recognize our efforts publicly is quite an honor. These much sought-after awards are a great way for the Airport Authority to have a credible recognition which can speak volumes in our future efforts to attract and retain flights with airlines and other stakeholders,’ said David Minnotte, chairman, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport are operated by the Allegheny County Airport Authority. The airports are entirely funded by user fees; no local tax dollars are used for capital improvements or day-to-day operations.