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(Economist)   So few people and airlines using Pittsburgh International Airport that managers plan to turn the money-losing facility into a more lucrative fracking operation   (economist.com ) divider line
    More: Interesting, Los Angeles International, airport authority, gas wells, Pittsburgh International, Dallas-Fort Worth, US Airways  
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2014-08-19 11:47:05 AM  
Not to be a nebby jag-off, but Yinz are dumber than a box of rocks.
 
2014-08-19 01:48:25 PM  
So you're saying prostitution is now legal in Pittsburgh?
 
2014-08-19 01:56:15 PM  
In fairness, Airlines and Fracking companies have both become masters of getting money out of hard to reach places..
 
2014-08-19 01:58:03 PM  
Does that mean fares are cheaper?
 
2014-08-19 02:21:01 PM  
I flew on that LA to Pittsburgh direct fight once.  It was nice having two whole rows to myself, but I wondered how long this would keep up.

(The article fails to note that things actually have been picking up a little at PIT.)
 
2014-08-19 02:26:40 PM  

Nogale: Does that mean fares are cheaper?


No they've increased fares to help pay for the fracking equipment and now charge an additional $50 in "environmental offset fees".
 
2014-08-19 02:43:25 PM  
Flew out of there a few years ago.  The airport authority lost a couple of major carriers and when US Scare pulled out their hub - it cratered the volume.  Their response?  "We'll jack up gate fees".  Drove off even more business.  Someone there should read the Wikipedia page on price elasticity.  Anyway, there are not a lot of good jobs in that area right now - top industries are colleges & healthcare.  If they would create price incentives to increase the volume - they'd create 1000 good paying jobs nearly overnight.
 
2014-08-19 02:55:20 PM  
In the 70's and 80's the old joke about US Scareway's (Alleghany then) was that you could go anywhere you wanted to go in the eastern US, just that you had to stop in Pittsburgh (sometimes twice in the same direction). How times have changed.
 
2014-08-19 03:03:24 PM  
Soon
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2014-08-19 03:05:50 PM  
i thought Pittsburgh, like many other 3rd world cities, was doing ok.
 
2014-08-19 03:06:55 PM  

Mad_Radhu: So you're saying prostitution is now legal in Pittsburgh?


Marriage is legal in all states.
 
2014-08-19 03:08:51 PM  

Linux_Yes: Mad_Radhu: So you're saying prostitution is now legal in Pittsburgh?

Marriage is legal in all states.


just ask Robin Williams.  it only took 2 exwives' alimony to clean him out and force him back into a TV gig after 30 years to, as he said, "pay the bills".  had to sell some property too.
 
2014-08-19 03:19:32 PM  
Pittsburgh built a mall in the airport pre-9/11 when non-ticketed passengers could go through security.  That sucked if you had a store in the mall.
 
2014-08-19 03:27:53 PM  
The Pittsburgh lost luggage office always seemed to be doing brisk business when I was there. I had to use their services several times myself.

I swear their baggage handlers must have some OT scam going on that.
 
2014-08-19 03:54:13 PM  
Venting hydrocarbon vapors and jet engines. This should be a good mix.
 
2014-08-19 04:15:01 PM  

Linux_Yes: i thought Pittsburgh, like many other 3rd world cities, was doing ok.


Pittsburgh is by far not a third world city (anymore). I have traveled there for business over 2 dozen times and, frankly, was definitely not confident in that first trip. I admit now I was completely wrong on my assessment of "Pittsburgh? You must be joking. Find someone else"

Low crime rate, great bars and restaurants, they shut down streets for baseball/football/hockey games, damned friendly natives, and most recently saw the big rubber ducky

Financial Services companies, driven mainly by PNC, helped revive a once dying former steel city
 
2014-08-19 05:01:06 PM  

felching pen: Venting hydrocarbon vapors and jet engines. This should be a good mix.


I was going to say this, but the opposite. There's already so much shiat in the air and dirt there because flying hydrocarbon machines - there's so much noise already because flying megaton machines - that fracking is the perfect business to combine with.
 
2014-08-19 06:37:07 PM  
I flew through PIT a few times back when it was a hub for USAir. (Philly to Pittsburgh to wherever). Seemed like a pretty nice airport, as airports go.
 
2014-08-19 06:47:57 PM  
It would be nice if there were some way to get to the airport other than the bus. Yes, I know you can drive but that's a hassle. Rail is needed.
 
2014-08-19 08:44:55 PM  
This is Ghost Rider, requesting permission to buzz the flaring tower.
 
2014-08-19 09:01:22 PM  

Skirl Hutsenreiter: The Pittsburgh lost luggage office always seemed to be doing brisk business when I was there. I had to use their services several times myself.


Fun story. I met a girl online. She lived in Pittsburgh, I lived in Albany, NY. The first time I flew out to see her, the airline lost my bag. After a lot of awkward jokes about "Well, I'll just have to sleep  naked," the airline sent a courier over to deliver my bag to her house. When she answered the door, he greeted her as Mrs. Porter (my name).

That was back in December, 2004. We've been married since May 2006.
 
2014-08-19 09:02:36 PM  

caffeine_addict: Financial Services companies, driven mainly by PNC, helped revive a once dying former steel city


Don't forget health care, driven by UPMC, and technology, driven by CMU and Google. Pittsburgh's a  great city to be in. I love it here.
 
2014-08-19 09:58:20 PM  
I never got over Pittsburgh.
 
2014-08-19 11:15:22 PM  
I live in L. A. But all my family is in Pgh. I think I've only had a direct flight a handful of times, but I usually fly out of Burbank now. Its sucks they're fraking now in site. :-(
 
2014-08-19 11:16:20 PM  

lordargent: Soon
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What is this!?
 
2014-08-20 03:10:15 AM  

doglover: lordargent: Soon
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What is this!?


Here you go.  Enjoy.
 
2014-08-20 01:40:51 PM  

raerae1980: I live in L. A. But all my family is in Pgh. I think I've only had a direct flight a handful of times, but I usually fly out of Burbank now. Its sucks they're fraking now in site. :-(


I assume that despite your inability to spell "fracking" you have an informed reason for opposing it.

Wait, no I don't.

Allegheny County appears to finally be increasing in population again, so that is a good sign.
 
2014-08-20 04:47:13 PM  
The last words heard over Pittsburgh airport:

"To the Super Coop, Fred!" / "Roger Wilcox!" /
(narrator) "And the Super Coop took to the air!" / (Clucking cavalry charge sound) /
(narrator) "So when you hear that cry in the sky....you'll know it's....Super Chicken!"

(Super Chicken lived in Pittsburgh as Henry Cabot Henhouse III.)
 
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