They can and walk and chew gum at the same time. Domestic destinations have increased by about 30 in the past 2+ years as they added a few int'l routes (which the likes of CLE, IND, CMH, BNA would die for). No doubt PIT-West Coast is lacking but they are working on it.
Haha I genuinely laughed when I read this. You are very mislead if you think that airports like IND and BNA would die to have added ulcc flights to ICELAND!, and LCC 2x a week June-September seasonal flights to Germany. Talk to me when PIT brings in 5.4 Billion dollars to the local economy, talk to me when PIT gets flights to SAN, SEA, SLC, OAK, MEM, or SAT, Talk to me when PIT gets airlines like VX/AS/WS to start service without giving them a million dollars. The service PIT has added really can't compare to the service IND and BNA have added in the past two years. Domestically for 2017, you are adding NK, the airline consistently ranked last in the US, and one G4 flight to VPS, congratulations! IND is adding a second nonstop to SFO on VX, nonstop to SEA on AS, nonstop to SAN on WN, nonstop to EWR on WN, and VPS and AUS on G4. BNA is adding nonstop to MSP on WN, nonstop to SEA on DL, third nonstop to bay area on VX, nonstop to RDU on DL, and nonstop to YYC on WS. Lemieux is right, PIT is so naive that they are throwing loads of money and charging no landing fees to ulccs and lccs to add weak int'l service with no guarantee that they will stay. Plus, this int'l service that you are adding will bring very little economic benefit to pittsburgh because most of these seats will be PIT tourists going to and from Europe. The only true business int'l service that PIT has is seasonal, and was added 9 years ago, and this year was pushed back 25 days later, and not to mention the PIT airport gave DL 9 MILLION dollars to start the route to CDG. Anyone of those cities you yourself mentioned could get a flight to CDG if they were willing to give outrageous sums of money with no guarantees after 2 years. All of this while IND and BNA are being patient and adding plenty of domestic routes with no money guaranteed to the airlines, and PIT is chasing flights to CUBA! Thank you but IND and BNA would in no way "die for" any of your recently added int'l routes.
Dude, check your drawers, I think your diaper needs changing. Any airport will take any service it can get. The vast majority of the additions at PIT have been packed to the gills. Yields may be a different story but they always are. I understand that compared to living in PIT, IND can really give you an inferiority complex but that's ok. Nothing to get upset over. Sit back, watch and learn.
Haha no one is upset, but Inferiority complex? what about PITTSBURGH would cause anyone to feel inadequate, pittsburgh of all places is losing population while virtually every other city in the US is gaining population. In fact the IND airport brings in almost double the amount of economic impact as PIT does to the local economy. Why would anyone want to watch and learn, BNA and IND are doing very well compared to PIT, and both have passed PIT in terms of passenger traffic and economic impact on its city.
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Thanks I really needed that, I haven't gone outside in weeks!
Dude, you sound delusional. Service to Europe is highly sought after by mid-sized markets and I'm sure IND or BNA would be throwing a lot of money at a carrier if they started service. PIT will have service to three European destinations on a full service, lcc, and ulcc - a very impressive offering, even if some of it is seasonal, especially compared to IND and BNA's total of 0 scheduled carriers to Europe
And NK starting service is a much bigger deal than your realize - especially that they're starting 7 cities this year, mostly daily and year round. That's a lot better than a couple of twice weekly G4 or seasonal WN flights. The low-cost offerings benefit the airport by increasing and stimulating traffic and driving down the cost per enplanement. By the way WN's IND-EWR is replacing IND-LGA, so that's not an increase in service.[/quote]
Sure you are right, service to Europe is highly sought after by mid-sized markets. And I'm happy that PIT is proud of their 3 european non-stops. Again, to my point I think great connectivity within the US is more important than low-cost offerings to Europe, because most people in mid-sized markets are likely to travel within the US before they travel internationally. Actually Indiana just passed a bill through the senate that allocated a certain amount of money for incentives for international travel, this was for various reasons including helping to prevent the IND airport from throwing around loads of taxpayer dollars chasing nonstop flights, that a vast majority of taxpayers will never fly. Anyway, congratulations on the PIT airport on NK, I personally don't like NK due to the quality of their service, but I guess one man's trash is another man's treasure. However, if I'm not mistaken all the routes that NK are adding are already served by another airline. I also understand that there are costs and benefits in low-cost offerings, but I was saying that low-cost offerings are less likely to generate economic impact on a city, which is one of the jobs of an airport. Finally, I never said it was in increase in service I said it was a new route.