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Allegheny County Airport

Airport information
Airport typePublic
OwnerAllegheny County Airport Authority
LocationPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Elevation381.6 m (1252 ft)

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Allegheny County Airport is located in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, four miles (6 km) southeast of the city of Pittsburgh. It is the fifth busiest airport in Pennsylvania following Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Harrisburg. The airport is owned by the Allegheny County Airport Authority and serves as the primary FAA designated reliever airport for Pittsburgh International Airport.

The Allegheny County Airport dedication took place on September 11, 1931. When it was completed, it was third largest airport in the country, as well as the only hard-surface airport in the country. It was historically the main entrance to metro Pittsburgh via air from its inception up until the early 1950s when Pittsburgh International opened. Pittsburgh International took over commercial flights in 1952. Like many other historic "municipal" fields throughout the country, Allegheny serves small and mid-sized private, corporate and commercial traffic well, but was not built to handle the constant traffic of international jet service that arrived in the 1950s and 1960s at the newer, more modern Pittsburgh International Airport.

The airport is popular among business travelers because of its very close proximity to downtown as opposed to Pittsburgh International Airport. It is also much closer to the South Hills and Monroeville than Pittsburgh International.

The airport also enjoys a Hollywood big screen moment in 2004's The Mothman Prophecies, serving as the small "Pt. Pleasant" airport where the governor and Richard Gere debate how serious the impending crisis is in the river town. Also the Airport and Terminal were used in the 1986 movie Gung Ho starring Michael Keaton.

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