Pennsylvania gambling expansion boosts Pittsburgh airport business

Dec 12, 2017 3:00 AM

Pennsylvania’s gambling expansion has provided a significant boost for the Pittsburgh International Airport, but not because of possible addition of gambling at the facility.

In October, as part of a massive overhaul of the Pennsylvania gambling laws, legislators reauthorized $12.4 million a year that now goes to the airport for economic development and to reduce costs to the airlines that use it.

Without the reauthorization, the funding would have ended in the 2018-2019 state fiscal year. Now, it will continue without a specific deadline, unless the law is altered again.

Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, which operates Pittsburgh International, said the money will continue to be used to help pay debt service and for economic development, including incentives paid to airlines to start flights to the city.