Jcavinato From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 516 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1581 times:
Part of it was the space left by Eastern Airlines when it went out. Too, being the 5th largest city in the country at the time it was an opportunity to tap into that market bigger than anyone else at the time.
Molykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1337 posts, RR: 30 Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1442 times:
Quoting LCFreeman49 (Reply 3): I still cannot believe they pulled out of PIT, that airport is awesome and it seemed like traffic moved well there without hte delays of PHL.
Nobody with at least 2 of their 5 senses would tell you otherwise. I believe the PHL decision simply came down to O/D numbers and profitability. I believe PIT remains heavily underused at this point (although it's been a while since I've flown through it).
I find it a bit sad really. Although PHL has been widely acknowledged to be much more profitable than PIT, I always enjoyed the airport and my flights on US during the PIT heyday. During high school (late 1990s) I'd skip school to hang out at the PIT airport (I guess I am a loser!). I haven't paid much attention to the status of PIT lately.
I have never seen a major airport run so smoothly as PIT during its time as the center of US operations. (No source for this, just my personal experience gained from burning my dad's FF miles when I was in high school.)
My father who has flown International from both PIT and PHL said he loved PIT, you'd pull off the gate at 8:00, be on the runway at 8:05 and be in the air by 8:10. PHL he says you pull off the gate the first time at 8, return to the gate at 8:05, leave the gate the second time at 8:15, sit on the taxiway till 8:45, arrive on the runway at 8:50 and be in the air by 8:55... and thats on the good days!