AaronPGH wrote:I have to say that the improvements that I've seen (new bathrooms, seating in landside, baggage claim carpet) are disappointing. Not necessarily bad by themselves, but not even trying to fit in with the original airport design by Tasso Katselas. It's clear that the person responsible for choosing them doesn't know a thing about brutalism.
I think that's the point. The midfield terminal must be one of the most brutalist examples of modern architecture in Southwest Pennsylvania, especially the exterior of the landside building. Someone should have told Katselas he was designing an airport not a bomb shelter. I still can't believe they signed off on a design built around concrete when every other major airport project in the world had moved on to steel and glass.
I agree about the new carpeting in baggage claim however, they could have picked better colors but I think it is all temporary anyway. We'll have to see what the new master plan brings.
pitbosflyer wrote:This was on the airport's facebook page awhile back.
Its hard to tell from the image, but the brown portion of the flooring is actually some kind of laminate paneling. Looks great in person. It was a couple weeks since I went over and they were just getting started, but that flooring and the seats they did put in looked good. I did not sit in them so can't speak from a comfort standpoint.
Lemieux wrote:Looks like something's going on, there are 4-6 Falcons parked over at Atlantic as well.
Well the Penguins did just win a Stanley Cup and Victory Parade is tomorrow. Last night the corporate iron at Atlantic ranged from a 757 on down.
flymco753 wrote:What markets could WW possibly stimulate from PIT-Europe that could grow a route for another airline to serve? Obviously DE is doing FRA, so that'll see growth, but what about the future? CDG, LHR, AMS, all of these destinations that DL or AA could serve or with partners for connections.
I posted the following in another thread about an idea for PIT-MUC:
"It's pretty amazing that PIT has 3 nonstop destinations in Europe yet not one of them is to London, by far the largest market. I agree the ACAA is not done expanding PIT's int'l portfolio especially after pulling off the upcoming scheduled nonstop charters from China.
I was thinking about Condor's PIT-FRA and how limited the first year's season is. It was announced much later than usual for new European route announcements so maybe aircraft availability played a factor. But the fact that they are willing to offer such limited seasons is interesting and with that in mind I wonder if there are opportunities for a similarly limited schedule to MUC. Specifically mid-Sept to mid-Aug for Oktoberfest. With good marketing I think such flights would be a success for beer drinking cities such as Pittsburgh. The city has the most bars per capita in the US, the most successful Hofbrauhaus in the US, and home to the future National Museum of Beer. The time of year should work well too - the seasonal N. America - FRA flights are ending so there may be a window of aircraft availability before the winter sun schedules kick in. PDX and a few other beer drinking cities might be a good option for this idea. Just a thought."
Other than that London is the obvious missing link. BA would be preferred for the business traveler, access to LHR, and onward connections but Norwegian would be preferred for lower fares, market stimulation from outside the region, and potential to add additional destinations such as DUB. If I had to pick one I'm actually leaning toward Norwegian based on their multiple destination strategy we have seen in other cities.
ConcourseZ wrote:I remember reading that there is a goal to have non-stop PIT-BOM within a decade. Large and growing Indian population here and they're starting businesses, some with offices back in India.
I'd hardly call our Indian population large, even if it is growing. I remember that quote and thought it was an unusual dartboard kind of thing. But the best way to serve India is through one of the ME3, the ACAA knows it, and have been working on that.