Pittsburgh reopens closed concourse for Southwest and United

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Pittsburgh International airport has reopened the closed half of concourse A to support the larger, consolidated operations of Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.

Gates A11 to A25 have been reopened for Southwest aircraft that remain overnight, according to the airport. United aircraft will also use the gates once it consolidates its operations to the concourse from gates on concourses C and D.

Pittsburgh says that they reopened the space on the concourse in order to give both Dallas-based Southwest and Chicago-based United room for “consolidated, contiguous operations” with the ability to expand.

Both carriers have grown at Pittsburgh as a result of their respective mergers with AirTran Airways and Continental Airlines in 2010.

The airport closed gates A15 to A25 in 2008 after US Airways downsized its hub at the airport to a focus city and consolidated its operations in concourse B, which was also truncated.

Pittsburgh says that while gates A1-A14 remained operational during the interim period, gates A11 and A13 were behind a temporary wall and inaccessible to passengers.

Enplanements at the airport were down more than 4% to 3.9 million in 2012 compared to a year earlier, according to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Enplanements are less than half of what they were in 2002 before US Airways downsized their hub.