Photos of the Week: Spring Getaway

With winter still dominating Pittsburgh weather, we dream of beaches

By BlueSkyStaff

Published February 12, 2024

Read Time: 2 mins


In Pittsburgh, February may be the roughest month.

It’s the fourth consecutive month of wintry weather here, with mostly gloomy gray skies and temperatures that hover around 30-40 degrees Fahrenheit. The promise of spring really doesn’t come until March; the first actual day of spring isn’t until March 19.

But February is usually the time for spring break, that brief respite from the classroom for students from kindergarten to graduate school. Many of them and their families take advantage of the time off to escape the winter doldrums for sunnier climes.

Thus, seeing this Dominic Meckling photo of a Delta A350 taking off from Pittsburgh International Airport’s northernmost runway has us imagining a plane full of excited Pittsburghers eager for a quick vacation somewhere closer to the equator.

Perhaps someplace like, oh, say, Saint Barthélemy — St. Barts, to most Americans. The tiny French collectivity of about 10,000 people east of Puerto Rico is a popular Caribbean tourism destination full of white sand beaches and upscale shopping.

And while you can’t get straight to St. Barts from Pittsburgh, PIT does have nonstop flights to Miami International Airport and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, both of which have easy connections to St. Barts.

One of those flights might gift you with the view of the tiny island that Connor Ochs captured from a De Havilland Twin Otter turboprop: turquoise waters, pristine beaches and lush hills. All of which sounds absolutely phenomenal right now.

Thanks, Dominic and Connor!

Our readers continue to pass along shots of unique aircraft, international airports, historical events, gorgeous views and even family vacation photos for this feature. We love them! Keep them coming — you can click here for submission guidelines.

A De Havilland Twin Otter climbs out of St. Barts. (Photo submitted by Connor Ochs)

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