PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RATED AMONG THE TOP FOR SAFETY BY TRAVEL + LEISURE MAGAZINE
PITTSBURGH, PA (December 22, 2011) – Pittsburgh International Airport was recently named the fourth safest airport by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Based on information from the Federal Aviation Administration's Runway Safety Report and individual runway safety data supplied by the FAA, Travel + Leisure calculated data of the 35 busiest commercial airports in the United States that had the fewest and least severe runway incidents from 2006 to 2010. The 15 that made the list of America's safest airports had zero life-threatening incidents.
Travel + Leisure credited Pittsburgh International Airport’s state-of-the-art snow- and ice-removal system. The winter operations make Pittsburgh one of the safest airports in the world during severe winter weather. Among its innovations are front and rear de-icing teams, runway sensors that relay real-time snow and ice conditions, and direct radio communication between the snow-removal crews and the FAA control tower.
“This recognition is more than an honor; it is a testimony of the reliability and dependability of Pittsburgh International Airport to stay open and stay safe in all types of weather conditions, improving the on-time rates for airlines and enhancing customer service,” said Bradley D. Penrod, CEO and Executive Director of the Allegheny County Airport Authority.
Pittsburgh International Airport has been recognized on numerous occasions by the International Aviation Snow Symposium and the American Association of Airport Executives. PIT is a five-time winner of the Balchen/Post Award, the top award in North America for outstanding achievement in airport snow and ice control.