PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Airmall at Pittsburgh International Airport will be open to the public on Saturday for holiday shopping.

And you don’t need to be a ticketed passenger to get in.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the air-side terminal has been restricted to only ticketed passengers.

But for a few hours Saturday, it’ll be open to everyone. However, you’ll still have to follow the same security restrictions as travelers.

The big announcement came from state, county and airport officials.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says customers spoke and they listened.

“Tomorrow during the day, people from Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania will be able to shop here and dine here, even if they don’t have a ticket to travel through,” he said.

The one-day deal is for airport officials to show off the $10 million renovation and for you to enjoy fine dining and shopping at the 30 shops including Armani, Hugo Boss, Brooks Brothers and other high-end retailers.

Bill Newlin owns two shops at the airmall, including the Burgh Sports Bar.

“One of the good things is tomorrow is typically a slow day for us,” said Newlin. “So this will be an additional on day that’s not travel heavy, early for the holiday season and no business travel.”

Interested shoppers will need to arrive between noon and 6 p.m. and present a photo ID, like a drivers’ license or passport, to get in.

The Allegheny County Airport Authority is urging shoppers to pre-register for the event to save time.

Parking is also free. You will get a parking voucher when you pre-register.

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