Is AS starting PDX-PIT? I saw a couple of social media posts from AS about new nonstop service but can’t find any flights, nor a press release. Social media team jump the gun a bit?
There has been absolutely zero word on any imminent service announcements here at PIT. Plus I'm not sure why a company's social media team would "leak" something only to pull it back immediately. I'm sure that would go against most policies regarding non-public info.
If AS is planning on adding additional nonstop routes out of PDX, I would expect AS to also add other nonstop routes out of PDX such as PDX-FLL, PDX-IND, PDX-RDU, PDX-SAT, PDX-TPA, or PDX-IAD in addition to PDX-PIT.
Here are the Q3 2019 PDEW's of some top domestic routes out of PDX that AS doesn't currently serve nonstop from PDX:
PDX-MIA/FLL - 125
PDX-SAT - 116
PDX-RDU - 114
PDX-IND - 113
PDX-TPA - 92
PDX-MSY - 87
PDX-CMH - 87
PDX-PIT - 86
Of the top routes that AS doesn't currently serve nonstop from PDX, I could also see AS adding at least PDX-FLL, PDX-IND, and PDX-RDU nonstop service in addition to PDX-PIT as AS can probably easily fill an 737-700, 737-800, A319, or A320 on the PDX-FLL, PDX-IND, and PDX-RDU routes.