Pittsburgh sees more traffic ahead as airlines avoid tarmac-delay fines

04/27/2010 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Anticipating increased flight diversions caused by new federal limits on tarmac delays, the head of the Allegheny County Airport Authority is letting airlines know that Pittsburgh International Airport "is able to solve many of the issues you will face." Pittsburgh has a "good track record" for handling flights diverted by severe weather along the East Coast, says Brad Penrod, noting that "we're anticipating an increase" in such flights after the three-hour limit goes into effect on Thursday. Penrod says the airport is set up to allow passengers off the plane to eat, shop and use the restroom without exiting secure areas.

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