The next time you have some time to kill while traveling through the Pittsburgh International Airport, consider these five opportunities to make the most of your visit.
#1: Say Hello to Arch
Located in the main ticketing area, Arch is an artist installation by Glenn Kains. The piece harmoniously blends the most iconic parts of Pittsburgh into a structure that looks like it’s straight out of a Transformers movie.
To celebrate Pittsburgh’s 250th Anniversary, the sculpture was installed downtown in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District on the corner of Fort Duquesne Boulevard and Seventh Street in 2008. Originally intended to last for six months, the piece was so beloved that it remained until November 2011. Then in 2013 after an extensive restoration, Arch moved to its permanent home at Pittsburgh International Airport where it greets passengers in the ticketing concourse. An informational wall was also installed to help educate visitors about the iconic bridges used in Arch’s structure.
#2: Indulge in a Bit of Retail Therapy
As part of the airport’s extensive renovations, the airside terminal is giving the Ross Park Mall a run for its money. Premium brands including Hugo Boss, Armani Exchange, Brooks Brothers and even Crocs have set-up shop in the newly re-imagined shopping corridor. Best of all, there’s no sales tax on clothes!
Also, the annoying click-clack of rolling bags being dragged between stores has all but disappeared. The dull grey tiles were replaced with a vibrant terrazzo floor. Designed by Clayton Merrell, The Sky Beneath Our Feet features a vibrant shade of blue to depict the sky and is encircled by a horizon of iconic Pittsburgh landmarks and neighborhoods.
#3: Grab a Bite or a Beverage
The Pittsburgh airport has received a few restaurant upgrades beyond the usual quick casual and food court fare. Now you can sink your teeth into a Lulu Burger or a simple omelet at Bar Simon, sip a cocktail at Martini or pick-up a Mocha Frappe-whatever at Starbucks while waiting for your bags at baggage claim. Of course, if you’re still have a hankering for TGI Fridays loaded potato skins or a basket of wings over at Quaker Steak & Lube, the airport still has you covered.
#4: Get Your Robot Repaired
The next time you’re in the Concourse A waiting for your next Southwest flight, it’s a great opportunity to get your robot fixed. Fraley’s Robot Repair Shop is art instillation by Toby Atticus Fraley. A bank of floor-to-ceiling windows provides unobstructed views of the happenings inside with an extraordinary level of detail applied to all four corners of the shop. Inside you’ll find an array of robots in various stages of repair along with parts and equipment displayed throughout the space.
#5: Stock Up on Local Favorites from The Strip Market
The airport’s newest addition to the Airside Terminal is The Strip Market. Stocked with an abundance of local specialties, the market is an excellent go-to shop for last-minute travel gifts, without the worry of TSA confiscating your jar of Miller’s Mustard or Mancini Peppers ‘N Sauce back at the security checkpoint.
The market also offers a selection of grab-and-go options featuring ingredients from Anthony’s Original Produce, The Bagel Factory, Janoski Farms and Soergel Orchards. The central ingredient in the iconic Isaly’s “chipped chopped ham” sandwich on the menu comes from Penn Mac. For those early morning flights, grab a cup of Nicholas Coffee and an Enrico Biscotti.