Delta's Paris Route Airport's First Trans-Atlantic Run
Officials at Pittsburgh
International Airport are wasting no time, and sparing no expense,
in promoting the airport's first trans-Atlantic route in over four
The Associated Press reports Delta Air Lines plans to start
nonstop service from PIT to Paris in June 2009. The carrier
announced the new route, to be flown by a narrowbody Boeing 757-200
five days per week, on December 6.
Thanks to its partnership with Air France, Delta says the new
route will offer Pittsburgh air travelers connections to over 90
cities in Europe via Air France's Paris hub.
"Strategic and unique international growth -- bolstered by our
innovative partnership with Air France and merger with Northwest --
has been a cornerstone of Delta’s successful business
strategy over the last several years," said Robert Cortelyou,
senior vice president of Network Planning at Delta.
To say that officials at PIT want the new route to be a success
would probably be an understatement. The airport hasn't offered a
trans-Atlantic run since November 2004, when US Airways ended
flights from PIT to London and Frankfurt.
To that end, on Friday the Allegheny County Airport Authority
approved spending $600,000 of its own money to promote the route.
That's a departure from the norm, in which airlines shoulder the
burden of promoting new service.
"Reestablishing nonstop air service to Europe has been one of my
highest priorities during the last four years," said Allegheny
County Executive Dan Onorato. "Thanks to the dedication and
commitment of the Regional Air Service Partnership and our
region’s business community, we have achieved this important
goal. Nonstop service to Paris will enhance access to Europe for
international companies based here."
For its part, Delta has offered a special one-way fare of $599
from Pittsburgh to Paris for travel through June 30, 2009. The fare
also applies to passengers who connect through PIT from
Should the route fail to live up to promises, Delta would also
receive up to $9 million in subsidies to continue the service.