Christina Cassotis doesn’t see Pittsburgh International Airport becoming a hub again, but she does think there are opportunities to add more flights.
Ms. Cassotis, 50, most recently managing officer of the air services practice for ICF SH&E, a Boston-based aviation consultant, was introduced today as the new chief executive officer of the Allegheny County Airport Authority.
In her new job, she will be overseeing operations at Pittsburgh International in Findlay and the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin.
But her main focus will be to bring more nonstop flights to Pittsburgh, a city that lost hundreds of flights and dozens of destinations when US Airways dropped its airport hub in 2004.
Milwaukee was one of the cities Mr. Fitzgerald — and others in the region — targeted for nonstop service after he took office in January. He has vowed to work to bring more service to Pittsburgh International, which has lost hundreds of flights over the last decade as a result of US Airways cutbacks.
This may be a sign that the economy is getting a little better? Gulfstream International Airlines, a Florida based carrier is looking at restoring nonstop service between Harrisburg International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport starting the first quarter of 2010. US Airways discontinued nonstop service between these two cities in September 2008.
Gulfstream is very anxious to restore service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg and has been trying for months to make this happen. Lower fuel costs and working with the airport on fee reductions is making this possible.
Gulfstream is also looking at providing service to DuBois, PA, Columbus, OH and Indianapolis, IN.