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Two airlines reduce flights out of Pittsburgh

| Tuesday, July 12, 2016 4:48 p.m

Two airlines plan to scale back flights at Pittsburgh International Airport this fall, including one of the airport’s newest carriers.

Denver-based Frontier Airlines will discontinue all flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Atlanta starting at the end of October. It was only last month Frontier began offering direct flights from Pittsburgh to Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando, Denver and Las Vegas. Airline officials called the move to end the Chicago and Atlanta flights part of a “seasonal capacity adjustment.”

Delta Airlines also will alter its fall flight plans between Pittsburgh and Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris.

Atlanta-based Delta will reduce daily flight offerings to five flights per week starting in early September. The airline will discontinue Paris service at the end of September — a month earlier than initially planned.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black said the airline reduced all fourth-quarter trans-atlantic services, including the Pittsburgh to Paris flights, in response to weak demand.

Frontier spokesman Richard Oliver said the cessation of flights to Chicago and Atlanta is part of a normal post-summer shift, when the airline begins to offer more services to vacation destinations.

“It doesn’t just happen in Pittsburgh,” he said. “It happens in a lot of our cities.”

Southwest, United and American Airlines fly direct to Chicago daily, while Delta and Southwest offer daily nonstop flights to Atlanta.

Frontier flies to Chicago and Atlanta three and four times per week, respectively. It was one of several airlines that recently announced plans to increase their Pittsburgh offerings.

Another was OneJet, based in Cambridge, Mass. Seat bookings for OneJet’s newest route to Louisville, which launches July 25, are available, airline officials announced Tuesday.

Oliver declined to discuss how Frontier’s other new Pittsburgh offerings were performing on Tuesday, and said airline officials will evaluate the Chicago and Atlanta route performances to determine if they’ll resume after the winter.

Allegheny County Airport Authority officials have pointed to new airline offerings — and increased international flights to Paris and vacation destinations such as the Caribbean and Cancun — as evidence of the airport’s recent growth following years of decline.

Airport officials will work with Frontier to get the Chicago and Atlanta routes restored in the spring, authority spokesman Bob Kerlik said.

Kerlik said the airport’s overall growth momentum remains strong. Nonstop destinations today stand at 56, up 30 percent during the past 18 months and 50 percent going back to 2013.

“We’re excited about the progress we’ve made,” he said.

Michael Walton is a Tribune-Review staff writer. He can be reached at 412-380-5627 or

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