The county must do more to attract airlines

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With an airport cost-per-passenger fee that is nearly double the national median, is it any wonder that carriers are bypassing Pittsburgh International Airport ("Airlines, County Discuss Adding International Service," Oct. 10)? But the answer is not to continue to dump millions of taxpayer dollars on carriers to fly to Europe.

Nine million dollars of subsidies for an airline to fly to Europe only seasonally is incredible. How much is an occasional nonstop to Tokyo or Hong Kong going to cost Pittsburgh taxpayers?

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the airport authority are going to have to do a lot more than cut the cost-per-passenger fee by 19 cents to attract carriers to Pittsburgh again.



First Published October 14, 2013 2:03 PM


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