St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) reports it surpassed the 1-million passengers mark in 2013.
CLEARWATER – St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) surpassed the 1-million passengers mark in 2013. Airport officials reported Jan. 9 that passenger traffic was up 39 percent in December and 17 percent for the year.
St. Pete- Clearwater International Airport’s December monthly passengers totaled 97,098 bringing 2013’s totals in at 1,017,049. December’s monthly increase over 2012 was 39 percent and the annual increase was 17 percent.
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport posted eight consecutive months with double-digit increases in passengers over 2012. Beginning in May, PIE posted 28 percent, 28 percent, 21 percent, 19 percent, 14 percent, 16 percent, 20 percent and 39 percent increases over the prior year’s monthly passengers.
Airport Director Noah Lagos said, “The growth is astounding. This is PIE’s fourth largest passenger year in its history since beginning commercial passenger service in the 1950s.”
In a recent survey, Allegiant Airlines now ranks as Tampa Bay’s eighth largest airline in passenger numbers and second in non-stop flights with 31 destinations, Lagos said.
“We are looking forward to an outstanding 2014 with the addition of Airbus A-320 aircraft to the Allegiant fleet based at PIE and more non-stop destinations.”
Additional service from Beau Rivage Resort & Casino/Vision Airlines and Sunwing Airlines (posting a 6 percent passenger increase), brings PIE’s total non-stop destinations to 34.