Elected officials and community members gathered for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to open the new Pittsburgh International Airport in October 1992.

Getting to Europe and beyond – without the potentially unpleasant hassles often associated with using major east coast hubs such as New York and Philadelphia – will continue in 2013 on Delta Air Lines from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).

Delta announced this news on Oct. 1 at a news conference that was part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the airport.  Additional regional media coverage is available here.

The nonstop flight from PIT to Charles de Gaulle will continue until Oct. 25.  The flight will then be on seasonal hiatus due to a decrease in leisure travel in the winter months.  It will resume at five-day-per-week service in May of 2013.  Details on 2013 service will be available here in mid-October.

Having a nonstop flight to and from Europe is critical to the Pittsburgh’s region’s status as a major center for international business.   The Allegheny Conference on Community Development – alongside other key partners and members of the regional business community – worked to secure the return of nonstop air service to Europe from Pittsburgh in 2009.  Regional business and leisure travelers are encouraged to use the flight whenever they can to help ensure that it’s retained.