St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport sets fourth consecutive record with 2.2 million passengers in 2018

Allegiant is the dominant airline at the airport, where passenger traffic was up 9 percent last year.
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport set a record in 2018 with more than 2.2 million passengers. (Photo courtesy St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport)
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport set a record in 2018 with more than 2.2 million passengers. (Photo courtesy St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport)
Published January 16
Updated January 16

CLEARWATER — With 2,237,440 passengers in 2018, St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport set a record for the fourth year in a row, officials said Wednesday.

Passenger traffic grew 9 percent from 2017.Despite the annual gain, passenger counts in December were 9 percent lower than the same month the year before. If not for that monthly dip, the airport's annual numbers might have registered their sixth double-digit increase in a row.

Last year, the airport, which has nonstop flights to 56 U.S. cities and three Canadian destinations, added service to Nashville, Albany and Winnipeg. The growth, plus ongoing road construction, terminal renovations work and upgrades to parking lots, mean that travelers should give themselves plenty of time to get to airport and check in. Residents picking up visitors should consider using the cell-phone lot as an alternative to parking. For tips, check fly2pie.com and look at “Directions & Parking.”

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