Sixty-Nine Airports Charged Airlines Lower Fees Compared to Pittsburgh International Airport Last Year, According to New Moody’s Data — Up from 66 in 2015 [Derived Headline]

By Clift, Theresa | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 10, 2017 | Go to article overview

Sixty-Nine Airports Charged Airlines Lower Fees Compared to Pittsburgh International Airport Last Year, According to New Moody’s Data — Up from 66 in 2015 [Derived Headline]


Clift, Theresa, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Sixty-nine airports charged airlines lower fees compared to Pittsburgh International Airport last year, according to new Moody’s data — up from 66 in 2015.

The fees, known collectively as the cost per enplanement, are a key factor for some airlines in deciding where to add or expand service.

Despite the airport’s slightly lower fees – from $12.89 per departing passenger in 2015 to $12.86 in 2016 to $12.85 in 2017 — the airport found itself moving in the wrong direction on the Moody’s list, as other airports decreased their rates by larger amounts.

In the 2015 rankings, Pittsburgh charged less than airports in New Hampshire, St. Louis and Memphis. In the new rankings, those three airports lowered fees by more than Pittsburgh.

The airport has committed to lower its fees to $11.30 per departing passenger in 2018, and plans to lower it to $9.73 in 2023 after rebuilding its landside terminal.

The median rate for medium-sized origin and destination airports like Pittsburgh is $8.10, according to Moody’s.

The fees make up a relatively small part of an airline’s total expenses — about 7 percent of Southwest Airlines’ total operating expenses in 2014 and 2015, for example — but can be a major factor in deciding where to expand service, especially for cost-sensitive carriers like Spirit, Frontier and Allegiant.

Pittsburgh is one of nine airports in the country with all three of those carriers.

Frontier has so far canceled three of the five routes it launched last year, while Spirit has canceled one of the seven routes it started earlier this year. …

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