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Fraport Loses Bid For PIT Stay

An Allegheny County judge has rejected a bit by Fraport USA to remain as operator of food and beverage and retail operations at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), according to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

According to the newspaper, in an order issued Wednesday, Common Pleas Court Judge Christine Ward denied a preliminary injunction requested by Fraport Pittsburgh after its contract was terminated by the Allegheny County Airport Authority on June 15.

The judge ruled that Fraport had not shown that the damage it would suffer if the preliminary injunction was not granted would be “irreparable,” the Post-Gazette report said. The denial of the preliminary injunction apparently clears the way for the airport authority to remove Fraport.

“Though the agreement at issue in this case is characterized as a leasehold, it is more in the nature of a commercial contract for services, the breach of which is adequately compensable with damages,” Judge Ward wrote in the order.

Fraport, formerly Airmall, has operated concessions at the airport since 1991.