In the early 90s, the Pittsburgh International Airport was rebuilt with US Airways in mind. At that time, they were using Pittsburgh as a hub and Allegheny County envisioned 30 million passengers taking off and landing in the Steel City every year.
"They basically designed the airport. We built it for them. And we built it for them and entered into a long-term lease that they were going to use it as their hub," Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive, told NPR.
However, after Sept. 11, the commercial flight industry changed drastically and US Airways stopped using Pittsburgh as hub three years later.
Now, as many other airports across the country, the Pittsburgh International Airport is looking to generate revenue from more than just air travel. Consol Energy recently broke ground on the airport's 9,000 acres to extract gas from the Marcellus Shale that lies beneath.
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