Allegheny County Airport Authority has unveiled a $1.1bn blueprint for the modernisation of Pittsburgh International Airport to meet the future requirements.
The plan includes the construction of a landside terminal near the renovated airside terminal with 51 gates which will eliminate the subway that currently moves passengers back and forth between the two buildings.
The masterplan, which may also include parking garage, expanded security checkpoint, a redesigned terminal, needs to obtain green signal from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a national authority with powers to regulate all aspects of civil aviation.
The project is likely to create over 10,000 direct and indirect jobs and produce $1.66bn in economic activity. It will also generate more than $28m in state and local income taxes.
Allegheny County Airport Authority believes that the new design will help the airport to be optimised for modern security needs and save millions of dollars in annual operating and maintenance costs.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said: “This is exciting news by the airport board today, and I thank them for the work that they put into making this decision.
“With this modernization of the terminal, our airport will be more efficient, there will be an enhanced customer experience, and it will be even more cost-competitive to airlines. This is a win-win for our region.”
Construction work on the modernisation is expected to start in 2019 while project is scheduled to complete in 2023.