PITTSBURGH — The first international flight in more than a year will take off from Pittsburgh International Airport on Saturday, heading to Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
“We are seeing it both on Apple Vacations and Vacation Express to Punta Cana and Cancun, so we expect travelers to being flying out of Pittsburgh International again,” said Bob Kerlik with the airport.
This marks the first commercial flight through customs in more than a year.
“We will have the entire area sprayed between flights. We’ve got plexiglass set up down there. We have some handwashing stations. We have spacing markers,” said William Fitting, Pittsburgh port director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “We have folks that are going to be here wiping things down as they go. We are doing the very best we can.”
The airport has implemented similar measures throughout the terminal. Airport officials also recently installed robotic UV floor scrubbers.
Air Canada is expected to resume flights to Toronto on May 6, and Spirit Airlines will fly to Cancun in June. The trips are a welcome addition to an airport that saw a 62% drop in travel last year due to the pandemic.
“We’ve actually been seeing travel tick up really throughout all of March,” Kerlik said.
“My hope is that people look at it and see it works, and then folks will be able to start traveling,” Fitting said.