Sunday, September 6, 2009

Pittsburgh Airport Car Rental

Pittsburgh Airport Car RentalPittsburgh International Airport (IATA code PIT) is formerly known as Greater Pittsburgh Airport, Greater Pittsburgh International Airport and commonly referred to as Pittsburgh International. It is a joint civil-military international airport located in the Pittsburgh suburb of Findlay Township, around 20 miles (30 km) west of downtown Pittsburgh.

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Some information on Pittsburgh International Airport, sourced from Wikipedia:
By 1940, the United States was becoming involved in World War II. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) identified that the Pittsburgh area needed a military airport to defend the industrial wealth of the area and to provide a training base and stop-over facility. The agricultural expanses of Moon Township were attractive to the early airport planners in the city. The WPA bought the Bell Farm and began construction of the runways.

In 1944, Allegheny County officials proposed to expand the military airport with the addition of a commercial passenger terminal in order to relieve the Allegheny County Airport, which was built in 1926 and whose capacity was quickly becoming insufficient to support the growing demand for air travel. Ground was broken on the new airport on July 18, 1946. The new terminal building would eventually cost $33 million to build and was built exclusively by Pittsburgh-area companies. The new airport, christened as Greater Pittsburgh Airport (renamed Greater Pittsburgh International Airport in 1972 upon the opening of the International Arrivals Building) opened on May 31, 1952. The first flight occurred on June 3, 1952. In its full year of operation in 1953, over 1.4 million passengers used the terminal. At that time, "Greater Pitt" was considered "modern" and spacious. In fact, the airport was the largest in the United States, second only to Idlewild Airport (now JFK Airport) in New York when it was completed 5 years later.
Airlines using Pittsburgh International Airport include:
  • Southwest Airlines
  • US Airways
  • US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin
  • US Airways Express operated by Chautauqua Airlines
  • US Airways Express operated by Republic Airlines
  • US Airways Express operated by Trans States Airlines
  • Air Canada Jazz
  • AirTran Airways
  • JetBlue Airways
  • United Airlines
  • United Express operated by Chautauqua Airlines
  • United Express operated by Shuttle America
  • United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines
  • USA3000 Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • American Eagle
  • Continental Airlines
  • Continental Connection operated by Colgan Air
  • Continental Connection operated by CommutAir
  • Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines
  • Delta Connection operated by Chautauqua Airlines
  • Delta Connection operated by Comair
  • Delta Connection operated by Compass Airlines
  • Delta Connection operated by Freedom Airlines
  • Delta Connection operated by Mesaba Airlines
  • Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines
  • Northwest Airlines
  • Direct Air operated by Falcon Air Express
  • Midwest Connect operated by SkyWest Airlines

Video: Great footage -- passenger view of a takeoff from Pittsburgh international Airport

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