Summer Travel Warms Up

Popular vacation destinations return as travelers look to get away

By Evan Dougherty

Published April 25, 2022

Read Time: 2 mins


The days are longer and warmer, and the kids will soon be done with school.

Summer is fast approaching, and that means family vacations. Just in time, Pittsburgh International Airport is adding new places to go for the season.

After a strong spring break travel period attributed to pent-up demand, the airport continues to see passenger traffic climb closer to pre-pandemic levels. Those increases are expected to continue with plenty of leisure routes resuming.

The routes already restarted in the last couple of months include Spirit Airlines’ service to Cancun, Mexico. Allegiant Air has resumed flights to Key West and Jacksonville, Fla.; Charleston, S.C.; and Savannah, Ga.

Three carriers are resuming flights to the popular vacation spot of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Last Thursday, Spirit restarted its daily nonstops to the coastal mecca, and Allegiant flights to the region will return next Thursday, April 28. Southwest’s nonstop service there will come later this summer.

Meanwhile, Allegiant resumed nonstop service to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Wednesday and Frontier Airlines will resume seasonal service to Denver on April 28, with flights operating three times a week.

Frontier will also bring back nonstop flights to Austin, Texas, on May 20 with twice-weekly service through August.

Business travel, while recovering slower, is also picking up. The airport welcomed back daily, nonstop service to San Francisco on United on March 28, linking the region’s rapidly growing tech sector back to the Bay Area.

The airline industry expects leisure travel to drive most traffic this summer, while overall bookings are projected to be fueled by the continued easing of pandemic-era restrictions.

Allegiant resumed nonstop service between PIT and Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla. on April 20. (Stock image)

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