Allegiant Air and a robust spring break propelled St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport to a record-breaking March as its monthly passenger traffic exceeded 200,000 for the first time ever, the airport said.
Nearly 207,000 passengers used the airport in March, up 12 percent from March 2016 and beating the previous monthly record of 194,000 set last July.
It's the airport's 25th consecutive record-breaking month.
Most of those passengers are flying on Allegiant aircraft. The Las Vegas-based airline accounts for more than 95 percent of the airport's passenger traffic.
Flights by Sunwing Airlines to Halifax and Toronto, Canada were up 21 percent in March for a total of 10,255 passengers, the airport said. Those numbers also are on a record-breaking pace.
Overall, 2017 passenger traffic at the airport is up 14 percent to 508,713, 14 percent ahead of last year. St. Pete-Clearwater is on track to best its record 2016, when 1.8 million passenger used the airport.
Allegiant currently flies nonstop to 53 cities from the St. Pete-Clearwater airport and will add Lexington, Ky. on May 24.
Sun Country Airlines also offers service to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport from St. Pete-Clearwater.
Allegiant is one of the fastest-growing airlines in the nation and is growing passenger traffic at other airports it serves.
Expect St. Pete-Clearwater to best the March record come June or July.