I am very worried about the future state of our international flights.... I can easily see Wow going under (or canceling most US destinations) soon, which would leave us with nothing at the moment. If Condor decides to drop us as well, then we are back in the same boat we were in before (1 flight)...
I have no problems with the subsidies given to obtain these routes, and if the route does fail, I hope it doesn't jeopardize them being allowed to continue doing that in the future.
My dream is Lufthansa nonstop to Frankfurt year round...
I wish more people would take advantage of the non-stop flights that we have. Pittsburgh isn't a city that can flex their muscles and maintain routes that are under performing. We are very much a use it or lose it city.
What do you guys see as being the next additions / cancellations?
I wouldn’t be too worried about PIT’s international flights. Pittsburgh is still vey lucky to have the transatlantic service it has. There are airports comparable to PIT that only have a single flight or even zero flights to Europe.
BA will be fine. There’s just so many aspects that should make the flight viable such as O&D traffic, connecting traffic, the JV with AA, and businesses in Pittsburgh. Regarding DE: 2019 will be the first year they will operate subsidy-free and they are still returning with a schedule comparable to last year outside of the very short-lived Wednesday flight. The fact that their subsidy is up and that they are still returning next year is very telling of what they think of the route’s performace.
So far, there is ZERO indication of WW cutting PIT, despite what many armchair CEO A.netters want to believe. If they hang in there, then obviously everything stays status quo. If they do somehow go under, then it’s not the end of the world.
Hypothetically, if WW were to somehow go bust, then there would at least be room for EI to DUB if they are supposedly still interested. While I do think an out-of-control game of musical chairs with transatlantic airlines is a terrible idea long-term, DUB would be a better fit than KEF due to the ties Pittsburgh has with Ireland.
LH at PIT makes very little sense outside of daily service. They just don’t have the right aircraft with the right configuration. The A333s are too premium heavy and the A343s have too many Economy Class seats. LH would only make sense if either they had B787s or if US somehow still existed today.