Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) in Pennsylvania, US, has reportedly secured the green light for its $1.39bn Terminal Modernization Program from airlines serving the airport.

With the approval in place, the Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) can move forward with bidding and awarding contracts related to the project construction.

The proposed project to remodel and modernise Pittsburgh Airport involves the construction of a new 700,000ft² terminal that features ticketing, security checkpoints and baggage claim.

The project will also involve the construction of a multi-modal complex comprising a new 3,300-space parking garage, rental car facilities and roadways for improved passenger experience.

Citing airport officials, CBS Pittsburgh reported that the aim is to make ‘sustainability, leading-edge technology and innovation’ the key features in the new terminal and parking facilities.

The construction of the project is planned to commence this fall with completion scheduled by the end of 2024. It is expected to be commissioned in early 2025.

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The current terminal will continue to operate normally during the construction phase, which is expected to create 5,500 jobs.

Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis was reported by Blue Sky, the airport’s information website, as saying: “This approval is further proof of the airlines’ belief in the need for modernisation, the strength of this market and their commitment to Pittsburgh.

“We want to thank our airline partners for their support and continued partnership. This is a huge, positive milestone, considering the impact of the pandemic and the uncertainty the industry has faced.”

The new terminal will replace the existing landside terminal.

Cassotis said: “We worked with people on what are the most important things coming out of this pandemic that have to be included in the design.”