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2009-05-23 22:43:29

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...

2008-09-24 00:00:21

By Tim Puko Some Allegheny County leaders are looking to seize control of Pittsburgh International Airport. A proposal to be considered tonight by County Council would revive the county Department of Aviation to oversee Pittsburgh International and Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin. County officials have been at odds this month with the county Airport Authority about gas drilling rights on land at the airports that could reap millions of dollars. "This authority is so out of...

2008-09-22 00:00:22

By Thomas Olson Even in a tough economy, corporate executives still have to travel to business destinations. With airline cutbacks and security hassles, many are skipping commercial flights and choosing corporate jets and charter flights. For instance, Mine Safety Appliances needed to fly a half-dozen key employees, including its then-new North America president, to its helmet-making plant in upstate Vermont in February. So, they chartered a private jet out of Butler County Airport....

2008-09-21 00:00:18

Allegheny County and its Airport Authority hope to have a plan in about a month on how they would spend revenue from gas drilling on 9,300 acres of land the authority manages, county Chief Executive Dan Onorato said Friday. Solicitors for Onorato, county council and the authority are discussing whether drilling-lease revenue could be directed to non-airport needs, a scenario that appears to be at odds with federal law. Because airports receive federal grants and loans, they are required to...

2008-09-19 00:00:22

By Bonnie Pfister Prospective bidders for gas-drilling rights at Allegheny County's two airports met Wednesday after county Chief Executive Dan Onorato decided not to block airport managers' efforts to tap into mineral- lease revenue. How such money could be used for the county's non-airport budgetary needs -- an issue Onorato raised last week -- remains unclear. Nineteen people attended a pre-bid conference at Pittsburgh International Airport, a spokeswoman for the county Airport...


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