This airport must be doing something right.
Travel+Leisure released its 2019 ranking of Top 10 Domestic Airports this week, and Pittsburgh International is making its fourth straight appearance on the list.
Landing at No. 7 this year, PIT is listed ahead of Palm Beach International, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and Dallas Love Field. Orange County’s John Wayne Airport landed the No. 6 spot.
With thousands of airports across the country, how does Travel+Leisure determine the best of the best?
Each year the travel magazine reaches out to its readers as part of its World’s Best Awards survey. Factors considered for airports include restaurants, overall look and feel of the terminal, and ease in accessibility and navigation.
One contributor explained that travelers can feel the ambience of Pittsburgh in the airport, according to Travel+Leisure.
In noting that the terminal is easy to navigate, the magazine writes, “Unlike some other airports, where it’s tough to establish a sense of place, Pittsburgh’s arched windows, open spaces, and public art create a vibrant setting.”
Travel+Leisure added that even more improvements are on the way for PIT, with the Terminal Modernization Program slated to open in 2023.
Expected to open in 2023, the new terminal will improve the airport experience for nearly 10 million annual passengers. (Renderings courtesy of Gensler + HDR in association with luis vidal + architects)
Airport officials say they are always looking at new and innovative ways to expand air service and improve the passenger experience at PIT. Later this month, for example, the airport will unveil an industry-leading sensory room.
Recent additions with a “feel of the ‘Burgh” include Pittsburgh-based distillery Wigle Whiskey and the iconic Primanti Bros. (try the sandwich piled with fries and coleslaw, of course).
As for those airports sitting comfortably in the top tier – that’s right, we’re talking to you, Portland and Indianapolis – look out for Pittsburgh International!