As a native Pittsburgher, I am not alone in my having left my beloved city to create and live my life in another place. I moved away at the age of 24 and I’ve never stopped loving my home town. Most of my family remains there. As others who hail from the ‘Burgh, my natural affinity for the Steelers and Pirates and Penguins never waned despite living well beyond the city limits in another state. Every trip back home for a visit is a happy one.
You can imagine the excitement and later disappointment that was generated at the news of a low-cost regional airline that was going to have direct daily flights in and out of Pittsburgh to Newport News, VA a few years back with People’s Express Airline which never got off the ground and failed.
I would love to be able to conveniently fly back to Pittsburgh for quick visits. The seven to eight hour one-way drive from south eastern Virginia makes it just a bit too unreasonable to try and make regularly scheduled visits back home to visit family and friends. The People’s Express airline was going to be the answer to my wishes of being able to zip in and zip out over a weekend, granting me repeat coveted opportunities to share time with loved ones in the best city in the world without wasting time on the commute.
Displaced Pittsburghers are scattered in very large numbers across the United States. We all tend to hold that town near and dear to our hearts, always speaking fondly of things back home. There so much distinct and wonderful qualities about Pittsburgh and its people and neighborhoods and history. It’s this fact that there are way more Pittsburghers living outside of the southwestern Pennsylvania area than living there, but who nonetheless are wanting to be able to easily make recurring visits back home that compels me to write this.
Those of you entrepreneurs and investors who can relate to and agree with the above sentiments should join me in trying to generate movement towards the creation of a regional airline commuter carrier that provides direct service in and out of Pittsburgh. I am quite confident that with the high volume of Pittsburghers living beyond driving distance that there would be no shortage of customers looking to take advantage of this badly needed service. Not to be ignored is that Pittsburgh is certainly a destination city for visitors, conventioneers, business people, and other would be travelers. A visit to Pittsburgh just because is a great reason to go there. There is much to be gained by spending time in the Golden Triangle and as such, there is much to be earned by the right risk taker who recognizes the benefits of creating a new means of easier air travel in and out of the city.
Newport New, VA is a great hub to run direct flights in to and out of Pittsburgh. It’s within driving distance of other well populated metropolitan areas to attract others seeking travel either to or through Pittsburgh and other destinations.
If you are in the investment arena or travel industry and have an entrepreneurial spirit, please consider a venture that would result in the creation of an affordable airline that provides direct travel in and out of Pittsburgh. We Pittsburghers are a dedicated bunch of Yinzers who would gladly generate repeat business in the way of recurrent use of such an airline. Similarly, Pittsburgh as a magnet destination for conventions, business, and travelers makes it all the more reasonable to explore the possibility of creating a new daily air travel service to and from.
Please share this post, reply to it, like it, retweet it, Redd-it, etc. if you want to get on board. Maybe yinz will be able to help get us back into the ‘Burgh just a little bit easier.