A British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
A British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner taxis to its gate in Pittsburgh. Photo by Evan Dougherty/Blue Sky News.

When the holidays are over, there is no better way to beat the winter blahs than by planning a trip. Fortunately, airlines are expanding nonstop flights from Pittsburgh International Airport so whether you want to go big or watch what you spend, there are options for you.


Three years ago, British Airways dipped its toe in the water with nonstop flights from Pittsburgh International Airport to London’s Heathrow. Now that pandemic travel restrictions are things of the past, the airline is increasing the number of weekly flights to six per week from four.

Current service operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. On April 24, the fifth flight of the week begins, with the sixth flight on May 14. The service to London will be available every day but Saturday. 

In early October, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, airport executives and business leaders from companies such as PNC and PPG flew to London to meet with British Airways and other U.K. firms as part of an outreach effort.

Carlow University President Kathy Humphrey speaks alongside Justin Gunther, director of Fallingwater, in London as part of a delegation of Pittsburgh executives. Photo courtesy of Blue Sky News.

If you’re looking for something closer to home, several low-cost carriers also are adding service from PIT.

New Orleans and other warm weather escapes

Good news for folks who plan to celebrate Mardi Gras on Feb. 21, starting Feb. 3, Pittsburgh once again is getting nonstop service to New Orleans thanks to Breeze Airways. The introductory rate is $79 one way (because you might not want to come back). 

And starting Dec. 13, you can book a one-way Breeze flight to Orange County, California, starting from $139 for travel by Sept. 5, 2023. Flights start on March 31.

The Utah-based airline is also resuming nonstop service to Hartford, Connecticut;  expanding nonstop service from Pittsburgh to Providence, Rhode Island, and Charleston, South Carolina; and adding seasonal service to Norfolk, Virginia, starting May 18.

If you can’t wait to get away from the cold you have plenty of options. 

Want to go to Florida? On Nov. 7, Frontier Airlines resumed season service to Orlando with flights on Mondays and Fridays, and Spirit resumed daily nonstop flights from Pittsburgh to Fort Myers and Tampa. 

On Nov. 22, Southwest Airlines started nonstop service on Saturdays to Houston and resumed seasonal service to Austin. And on Thursday, Dec. 1, American Airlines will resume daily service to Phoenix.

And when the weather warms up again, Sun Country Airlines will increase seasonal service between Pittsburgh and its home base in Minneapolis starting May 18 to four days a week from its current two days. The Pittsburgh-Minneapolis route will operate on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

All of the added flights come as Pittsburgh International is undergoing a $1.4 billion modernization project scheduled to be completed in 2025.

Brian brings a passion for Pittsburgh, doughnuts and ice cream to his job as editor. His more than 30 years of journalism experience have taught him the importance of community engagement and a sense of humor.