Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

California Dreamin' — We Can Get There Nonstop

For years, getting from Pittsburgh to just about anywhere involved a connecting flight. But now, the number of nonstop options is slowly, steadily growing.

photo by richard cook


Southwest Airlines, the most active at Pittsburgh International Airport, is making it easier to get to the West Coast.

Southwest just announced that it will begin nonstop service to Los Angeles from Pittsburgh on Aug. 16. There will be one flight daily each way. Currently, the only nonstop flight from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles is an American Airlines flight scheduled for four days a week during the winter.

Russ Streiner, chairman of the board of the Pittsburgh Film Office, says the new flights will be a key factor in growing the film industry in western Pennsylvania.

“Nonstop flights to Los Angeles are an immense boost to how we do our business, and that has a direct result in the amount of film work that goes on in Pittsburgh,” Streiner said in a statement. “That results in additional jobs for the region and general economic well-being.”

Southwest isn't alone in announcing new service from Pittsburgh. OneJet and Frontier Airlines both recently announced new direct flights between Pittsburgh and cities such as Hartford, Denver and Chicago. 

Since Christina Cassotis took over as CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority 13 months ago, Pittsburgh International has added 21 routes. The airport offers nonstop service to 54 cities, up from 37 two years ago. Passenger traffic topped 8.1 million in 2015, up 1.6 percent.



Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

Mindful Brewing is a Friendly Neighborhood Spot (With Good Beer)

The South Hills brewery and restaurant is an above-average entry in the rapidly expanding list of local spots for in-house beer.

Munhall Native Auditions for American Idol

A rising Pittsburgh star vies for her chance at fame.

Lack of Empathy Leads to Uncivil Discourse

A panel discussion at Duquesne University focused on the tough task of teaching empathy in the digital age.

How Making Juice Changed Sharif Rasheed's Life

The owner of Safi Juice in Garfield left a job he hated to tap into something from his childhood.

Pittsburgh's Can't Miss Concerts in April

This month's lineup includes Rick Astley, Billy Price, Christopher Cross and Ronnie Milsap.

Pittsburgh Flicks and Nightlife in April

Tour local social clubs with the Roaming Social Club; expect changes at AMC Waterfront

April: Best of Culture in Pittsburgh

Check out some of the finest stage plays, dance performances and exhibits taking place this month in Pittsburgh.

Undercover: What We're Reading in April

A look back at "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" as it turns 30, plus two literary events coming up in April.

Perspectives: ‘This Is Us’ Is a Story of Us

A former Pittsburgher finds more than a few similarities between his own life and that of the siblings on "This Is Us."

Spare Change: A New Way of Giving

A local group is using music and some spare change to help charities — and filming every step of the way.

Look How Mighty This Bellevue Garden Has Grown

Last season, the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden produced 4,862 pounds of food; the harvest was donated to three food pantries.

When and Where to Dump Your Junk (including old TVs)

A state environmental agency wants to help you recycle your hard-to-dispose-of household clutter.

Watch: Trailer of “Won't You Be My Neighbor”

The documentary about Mister Rogers' iconic show takes viewers beyond the cardigan collection and into “the heart of a creative genius.”

On a Lark: Pittsburgh Mom Creates Activewear for Babes

Unable to find cute, environmentally friendly gear for her newborn son, Lark Adventurewear founder Pallavi Golla launched her own line of moisture-wicking clothing for kids.

Pittsburgh MultiStories: The Beacon's Perch – The Grant Building

When it opened in 1929 as the city’s tallest structure, crowds of sightseers paid a quarter to visit the rooftop observation deck of the Grant Building — named for the street, which was named for the hill, which was named for the somewhat hapless general.