Pittsburgh’s Evolving. Its Airport Should Too.
The future of Pittsburgh International Airport is intrinsically tied to the prosperity of the Pittsburgh region. As the city’s resurgence continues, the Allegheny County Airport Authority is transforming Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) to meet the challenges of tomorrow, better serve the community and to advance the region’s role as a world leader.
The PIT Terminal Modernization Program (TMP) was built upon these five principles that represent fundamental purposes driving the transformation:
2. Be Pittsburgh’s airport
3. Be environmentally sustainable
4. Enhance the experience for all customers
5. Provide value to our community
Room to Transform
The needs of the airline industry, airline travel, and the Pittsburgh region have changed considerably since the current terminal complex opened in 1992. As a result, the current infrastructure is no longer sustainable.
Passenger flow is inefficient from curb to airside and back again. With multiple drop off points, three floors to navigate, two TSA checkpoints, and a train, the trip to the gate can be difficult. For international passengers, airlines must handle passengers’ bags twice to deliver bags to the Landside Terminal. In addition, multiple curbs for ground transportation pickups create confusion.
From the landside terminal and ticketing to baggage claim and parking areas, a significant amount of PIT’s real estate is underutilized or not needed. Meanwhile, space at the main and alternate security checkpoints is no longer optimized for the current and future needs of the airport.
The airport’s current conveyance systems, including long moving walkways, escalators and elevators, are costly to maintain and increase passenger transit times. Plus, any underutilized, empty space still needs to be managed and maintained, which contributes to further inefficiency .
Benefits for the Region
The long-term goal of the TMP is to create a smarter, more modern, more cost-efficient airport that will help reduce costs for airlines and attract more flights, more tourists, and more businesses to the region. In the short-term, the region can expect thousands of jobs created and approximately $2.5 billion in economic activity.
Benefits for Passengers
By addressing these inefficiencies through the TMP, passengers will experience a more efficient journey that will help them get them through security quicker, arrive at their gate sooner, collect their bags faster and enjoy their journey through an airport that looks and feels like it belongs in Pittsburgh.