Bryan Dietz, C.M., recalls as a young person watching the activity going on at the airport and feeling excited and intrigued. He found it fascinating to have that many people doing different things just to get a plane off the ground.
Today Dietz spends his days helping get aircraft off the ground as the air service development manager for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, where he assists in the development of passenger and cargo flights from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).
Dietz is in his third year with the Allegheny County Airport Authority after his previous role as an aviation business analyst working with multiple departments at PIT. This position interacts with airlines and key stakeholders on opportunities to enhance the economic viability of PIT and the region through creative business cases, programming and communicating the needs of the community locally and beyond. In 2013, Dietz was part of a team that helped develop routes to five new airports from PIT that will begin flying in late 2013 or early 2014.
It is working with so many different people, whether at the airport, in the community, in the airlines, or fellow alumni from college that makes the job exciting for him. And the high he gets every time the airport launches a new route further fuels his excitement. “I love the feeling of being part of a new flight,” he says.
He says he enjoys working with air carriers to enhance air service to Pittsburgh and on broader issues for carriers such as airport congestion issues and international air service. Two projects he has been a part of during his career are the “PIT CASE” program, which is operationally designed to alleviate congestion at crowded airports, and the “PIT Connector Project” that supports strategic regional air service to medium-hub airports.
Dietz, a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is a member of organizations such as the Airports Council International–North America (ACI-NA), American Association of Airport Executives (A.A.A.E.), the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and Cargo Network Services (CNS).
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