Pittsburgh Tech Company Duolingo Partners with Pittsburgh International Airport to Deliver Complimentary Wi-Fi

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PIT broadens its local tech partnerships

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We’re a globally recognized brand and we want all of Pittsburgh — and everyone who visits — to know that we’re here and we’re proud to be making this great city famous around the world.

Pittsburgh International Airport is pleased to announce a new partnership with local tech startup Duolingo to provide free Wi-Fi to passengers.

Duolingo is a free, science-based language education platform that has organically grown to become the most popular way to learn languages online. Pittsburgh International Airport was the first airport in the U.S. to offer free public Wi-Fi in 2003.

Founded by Carnegie Mellon University professor Luis von Ahn, CEO, and Severin Hacker, PhD, CTO, Duolingo offers a fun and effective way to learn more than 20 languages. It currently has more than 150 million users worldwide and is the most downloaded educational app of all time.

“We’re excited to partner with Pittsburgh International Airport. We’re a globally recognized brand and we want all of Pittsburgh — and everyone who visits — to know that we’re here and we’re proud to be making this great city famous around the world,” said CEO and co-founder Luis von Ahn.

Noting a 40 percent increase in international traffic in 2016, Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said she is hopeful the partnership could lead to additional opportunities in the terminal including improved signage and translation services for passengers.

“As we look to improve customer service and provide additional amenities for an increasingly global society, and as we work to showcase more of our region’s innovation, we hope this is the first step in a long relationship with Duolingo and other successful tech firms in the region,” she said.

About Allegheny County Airport Authority:

Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to increasing air service, improving customer service and inspiring growth in the Pittsburgh region.

Pittsburgh International Airport serves more than 8 million passengers annually on 13 carriers. During the past year and a half, the airport has increased its announced nonstop destinations to 63 markets. J.D. Power ranked Pittsburgh International in its Top 10 medium-size airports in its 2015 North American Airport Satisfaction Study. Travel + Leisure also named Pittsburgh International a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2016.

Allegheny County Airport, opened in 1931 in West Mifflin, is the state’s eighth busiest airport and the largest general aviation airport in Western Pennsylvania. AGC handles approximately 50,000 takeoffs and landings annually and outpaces several airports that handle commercial or scheduled flights in Pennsylvania.

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