County exec’s Emirates proposal is ridiculous

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We all recognize that the airport has had a challenging time of it the past decade, but I’m leery of worse times to come if we are dependent upon the county executive and his office to provide direction and guidance. The breathtaking levels of ignorance of commercial aviation displayed by Rich Fitzgerald with his pipe dream to get Emirates to fly to Pittsburgh International is difficult to fathom (“County Wooing Emirates Airline,” Jan. 31).

Three points: No foreign carrier can fly from overseas, land in the states and continue onto another destination in the states. This is known as cabotage and was established at the Convention on Civil Aviation in 1944.

Two: Mr. Fitzgerald’s energy would be much better spent trying to get an airline to serve, say, Seattle or San Diego or perhaps even London rather than Dubai. (No airline has seen fit to serve London for years, but Emirates will come here in a wide-body super-jumbo jet and fly to Dubai, really?)

Third, for how much of this junket for Mr. Fitzgerald and his “delegation” are my Allegheny County taxes paying? Mr. Fitzgerald’s enthusiasm is admirable; if he could just temper it with a large helping of reality, perhaps the airport could actually move forward rather than back.


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