pgh234
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PIT's Concourse E To Close...

Sun May 11, 2003 3:52 am

http://www.postgazette.com/localnews/20030510airportreg2p2.asp

Well...I guess we all knew it was coming. I love the warning about the D concourse too  Sad

One thing in the article I dont understand is how "253 of the airport's 400" daily flights leave the commuter terminal? I dont see how that is possible, especially since quite a few turboprop flights now already leave through Concourse A? I also thought PIT had more than 150 mainline flights (including carriers other than US too)

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usairways85
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RE: PIT's Concourse E To Close...

Sun May 11, 2003 4:57 am

There has been some speculation that US might cutback at PIT even further and transfer between 100-150 commuter flights from PIT to PHL. This might be an indication that the move could be coming soon. It is already evident in some cases. Mesa operates almost 2 or 3 times as many flights in PHL as it did several months ago. Those planes had to come from somewhere.
 
ContinentalEWR
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RE: PIT's Concourse E To Close...

Sun May 11, 2003 5:02 am

The problem with PIT is that it does not generate enough O&D traffic and the leases on gates are expensive. It's a beautiful airport but it doesn't attract a substantial critical mass. Most traffic through PIT is connecting. US Airways will inevitably focus its growth on Philadelphia going forward. PHL is a gateway to Europe, has the geographic pull of the nation's fifth largest metropolitan area, and the high paying business travellers that support a lot of its flights.

 
clipper471
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RE: PIT's Concourse E To Close...

Tue May 13, 2003 9:17 am

This doesn't bode well for PIT. I was hoping that PIT-SAT would return in the future. But, it seems US has different plans for PIT than we'd like.
 
TLHFLA
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RE: PIT's Concourse E To Close...

Tue May 13, 2003 10:47 am

I have changed planes in PIT and PHL on US, while flying TPA-MHT and I must say that I would rather use PIT any day. The last time I flew on US was back in 1995 and even at that time it seemed by default they would rather route me through PHL, or even DCA, than PIT. I know there were more flights to PHL from TPA than to PIT, so frequency might have been an issue. MHT-CLT service was not available back then, so PIT, PHL, DCA, or LGA were the only choices for connections from TPA to MHT.

Needless to say, I would be sad to see the PIT hub go. It is a far superior facility to PHL.

Bill in ATL
 
L1011Fan
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RE: PIT's Concourse E To Close...

Tue May 13, 2003 11:35 am

What is O&D traffic?
 
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kearnet
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RE: PIT's Concourse E To Close...

Tue May 13, 2003 12:14 pm

O&D stands for Origin and Departure, ie: passengers who are starting at PIT, or have PIT as there final destination
DC-9-30 US|MD-80 US/AA|737-200 US|737-300 US/WN|737-400 US|737-700 WN|737-800 FJ/QF|F-100 US|F-28 US|Dash-8 200 US| CRJ-200 US|757-200 US/AA|767-200 DL|777-300ER EK|A319-100 US|A320-200 B6|A330-200 FJ|A380-800 EK|ATR-72 AA|B-1900D US
 
clipper471
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RE: PIT's Concourse E To Close...

Tue May 13, 2003 1:22 pm

O & D = origin and destination