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Pittsburgh airport sees nearly 8% drop in passengers in 2009

| Friday, February 12, 2010 12:00 a.m

Pittsburgh International Airport finished last year with just more than 8 million passengers, a 7.8 percent drop compared to 2008, the Allegheny County Airport Authority said Friday.

The 8,031,175 passengers was the lowest total in the history of the 17-year-old airport and the lowest total for the region since the former Greater Pittsburgh International had 7.4 million passengers in 1975.

US Airways remained Pittsburgh’s busiest carrier with 2.3 million passengers, or 28.7 percent of all traffic. But it had 584,041 fewer passengers last year than it did in 2008, a 20.3 percent drop. It operates 44 daily flights to 11 destinations, down from 550 to 110 destinations before 9/11.

Four carriers reported increases, led by AirTran Airways, whose traffic jumped 25 percent to 658,080 passengers last year, making it the airport’s fifth-busiest carrier. Southwest Airlines, the No. 2 carrier, had 1.5 million passengers, a 3 percent increase year-to-year. United Airlines and Myrtle Beach Direct Air also reported gains.

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