The following news release was submitted for publication by St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport:
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% and the annual increase was 17%.
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) posted eight consecutive months with double-digit increases in passengers over 2012. Beginning in May, PIE has posted 28%, 28%, 21%, 19%, 14%, 16%, 20%, and 39% increases over the prior year’s monthly passengers.
Airport Director Noah Lagos states, “The growth is astounding! This is PIE’s 4th largest passenger year in its history since beginning commercial passenger service in the 1950’s. In a recent survey, Allegiant Airlines now ranks as Tampa Bay’s 8th largest airline in passenger numbers and 2nd in non-stop flights with 31 destinations. 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% passenger increase), brings PIE’s total non-stop destinations to 34.