When Pittsburgh International Airport opened its last great modernization project in 1992, it was hailed as the airport of the future. The then-novel configuration divided the airport into two main structures — a landside terminal for check-ins, security screening, and baggage claims and an airside concourse with an X-shaped footprint that was in the middle of the landing field, where passengers would catch their planes. The two were joined by an underground automated people mover.
The airport design reflected the airport’s status as a hub airport for US Airways, and it was built with connecting passengers in mind. The X
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