May 23, 2009

Pittsburgh airport wants to cut costs

The agency operating Pittsburgh's airport wants to cut costs so it can reduce the high fees it charges airlines per passenger.

Carriers using the Pittsburgh International Airport now pay $15.80 for every passenger who boards a plane, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Saturday. The fee drops to $13.40 next month, which will still be almost double the median of $6.24 among 116 large airports.

The Allegheny County Airport Authority plans to review all its operations, looking for savings, when the review gets under way this summer. That could include eliminating gates because fewer flights are arriving and departing.

The question is wide open, said JoAnn Jenny, an authority spokeswoman. The scope is pretty broad.

The authority conducted a similar review in 2004 when US Airways reduced its operations.