Pittsburgh International Airport is located in Findlay Township, Pennsylvania. The airport is owned and operated by the Allegheny County Airport Authority. The airport serves the regions of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania. It is a hub for US Airways, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines.

The airport was opened in 1952 and covers an area of approximately 12,900 acres. It was initially known as Greater Pittsburgh Airport and was given the current name in 1972.

The airport is the second busiest passenger airport in Pennsylvania. It handled 7.9m passengers and 147,720 aircraft movements in 2009.

As part of the expansion, the landside roadway repair project was started at the airport in July 2010.

Terminal

The midfield terminal building of the airport is categorised into three terminal areas – the landside terminal, commuter terminal and the airside terminal. The terminal was designed to simplify aircraft movements on the airfield.

“The airport is the second busiest passenger airport in Pennsylvania.”

The landside terminal is located near the parking area and is operated by Bombardier Transportation. The terminal has three levels. The top level is the ticketing level, the middle is the transit level and the third or lower level is the baggage claim level.

The transit level contains several shops, eateries, banks, ATMs and a walkway to the parking lots and garage. The baggage claim level features ground transportation services which include taxis, shuttle buses and a car rental counter.

The airside terminal consists of four concourses, A, B, C and D.There are 75 gates on all the concourses; only 49 are in use. Concourse A features 25 gates A1 to A25, of which only 12 gates, A1 to A10, A12, and A14, are in use. Concourse B also accommodates 25 gates B26 to B50, of which 12 gates are in use.Concourse C has 11 gates C51 to C61.

Concourse D accommodates 14 gates from D76 to D89.Concourse E has 22 gates from E1 to E22. A part of the concourse E was demolished to accommodate a baggage sorting facility for the US Airways.

The airport features a free trade zone and a fuel farm which covers an area of 5,000 acres. It also features an air mall with eateries and gifts. Information desks are located in both the landside and airside terminals.

Facilities such as fax machines, photocopying, currency exchanges and postal services are also available at the airport. The airport also offers business and conference facilities such as meeting rooms which are connected by walkways.

It is the only airport that has introduced free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal.

Runways

The airport has four runways designated 28L/10R, 28R/10L, 28C/10C and 14/32. The runways 28L/10R, 28R/10L, 28C/10C and 14/32 are 3,505m, 3,201m, 2,959m and 2,469m long respectively.

The runways 28L/10R and 14/32 are surfaced with concrete while the other two runways are surfaced with asphalt and concrete.

Air traffic control

The control tower of the airport is 240ft high.

Parking

The airport offers short-term, long-term and extended parking. The short-term parking lot is located to the right of the landside terminal and offers 2,100 spaces.

“The airport offers short-term, long-term and extended parking.”

The long-term parking, which is away from the landside terminal, provides 3,100 spaces. Both short and long-term parking areas have access to an enclosed moving walkway.

The extended parking lot offers 8,000 spaces. It is situated far from the airport and is connected to the landside terminal by shuttle buses.

Ground transportation

There are limousines, taxis, shuttles and charter buses operating to and from the airport.

Taxis and shuttle services are available outside the baggage claim level. Public transportation is available at low fares.