Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) has announced that upon completion of its billion-dollar Terminal Modernisation Program in 2025, it will be the first airport in the world to feature a terminal powered by its own microgrid of thousands of solar panels, combined with natural gas sourced from land at the site.
A group of Pittsburgh-based tech firms alongside technology institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh will support the development of the terminal, first announced in September 2017.
With the health and safety of passengers a focus, the new 700,000ft2 terminal building will also feature an increased amount of indoor space for social distancing, new green outdoor terraces airside, modernized check-in areas, security checkpoints and baggage claims. A five-story garage with a 3,000-car capacity and a rental car facility will also be built on the site.
“We take our role as a primary gateway into Pittsburgh and the region seriously,” commented Christina Cassotis, PIT CEO. “That’s why our smarter airport will show, and in many cases implement, the incredible current and future innovation coming out of the region. The new PIT will be a destination both for travelers to and for residents of the area.”