Pitt-Greenville Airport looking to add new airline

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – As other airports in Eastern Carolina welcome new airlines and offer travelers options for which carrier to use, the Pitt-Greenville Airport is spreading its wings in search of new partnerships.

American Airlines stands as the solo airline at PGV with three flights a day to Charlotte, but could that soon change?

“We’re continually talking with airlines in hopes that we’ll be able to get some additional service,” PGV Executive Director Bill Hopper said. “Something like a direct to Florida like what New Bern is getting is something that we would love to get and continue to strive for to get for this community.”

Travelers like Todd Smith said that although he has to catch the red-eye flight to and from California, he does not mind it.

“It works for me,” Smith said. “I think going to California we would need a much larger plane and I’m not sure if the runways here are long enough, but the one connection through Charlotte actually works fine.”

There are, however, others who do mind it. First Class Bistro, a restaurant inside the airport, schedules their restaurant hours around the flights. General Manager Shon Bruinton said having one airline is affecting his business.

“It just doesn’t do a lot for the restaurant, not having the traffic here to be able to get the income we need to keep this restaurant open,” Bruinton said.

For now, PGV is adding new things to bring more people to the airport like a patio where people can watch the planes take off.

Hopper said they are always looking to grow, and an expansion may be closer than expected.

“We’re working to get it and just keep your eyes open because you never know one day you may hear something,” Hopper said.