The airport authority board unanimously approved reimbursement agreements with the two airlines Friday related to the marketing help.
In addition, neither airline will have to pay landing fees on the flights for the first year.
The marketing help and the waivers are available to any carrier that starts a new flight to a city currently not served from Pittsburgh. The money for the marketing reimbursements comes from the authority’s budget, which is funded by the airlines operating from the Findlay airport.
Last year, the authority waived the equivalent of $882,044 in landing, gate and parking fees related to the start of 14 new routes from Pittsburgh. It also paid out $418,087 in reimbursements to four airlines — Southwest, Sun Air Express, Allegiant and Porter — related to marketing help for those routes.
Sun Air, Allegiant and Porter got waivers for landing, gate and parking fees. Southwest got a waiver for landing fees but not for gate or parking charges.
Also Friday, the authority reported a 2.3-percent increase in passenger traffic at the airport in January compared to the same month a year ago. It was the biggest increase the authority has seen for a January since 2011.
International traffic showed a huge bump, going from 6,964 passengers to 12,583. Authority CEO Christina Cassotis attributed the jump to new service by Porter into Toronto, increased capacity on Air Canada flights, and more service into the Caribbean.
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