Today I flew into PIT and all I can think of is what PIT used to be and what could happen to CLT at any time.
This link from Wikipedia sums up what happened to PIT at the hands of the airport and US Airways.
My personal experience with PIT:
I started traveling for business in March of 2006. I was flying out of an upstate NY airport that only had service from US Airways and Northwest. On US Airways I had my choice of PIT, LGA, or PHL. Although PHL had the most frequency, at the urging of my coworkers I would always try to connect through PIT (well, I would usually drive to a larger airport and fly United, but if I could find a good fare I’d go through PIT).
Back then PIT actually still went to places. By the time I moved to CLT in March of 2007 PIT barely showed up as a valid connection. PIT’s stores were hurt by 9/11 requiring a boarding pass to enter the secured area so the shopping had suffered a little, but it still had much better shopping options than many other airports and the stores were fairly centralized instead of dispersed like in ATL.
Now I mainly only come here as a destination and today I flew Delta through ATL to get here since it was cheaper than the non-stop on US Airways by about 50%.
For a while now, PIT has shut off the ends of the concourses. This is so it doesn’t appear to be the ghost town it is. Here is a sign clearly indicating there should be Gates 38-50, but there is a wall with locked doors blocking those gates off.
Although things are up in the air with the US/AA merger right now, if something does happen that would cause CLT to go from US Airways largest hub to just a focus city that will really change my travel game. Although I don’t fly on US Airways nearly as often as Delta, the non-stop flights on US Airways have always been my ace-in-the-hole during IROPS. It doesn’t happen often, but usually at least once a year if I’m on a connecting flight on Delta and it has issues I’ve been endorsed over to the non-stop flight on US.
I like Charlotte and don’t want to move, but I’m hopefully confident this is just a nightmare and will not come to fruition.