CLEARWATER — St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport just had its best February in a decade.
The airport handled 87,983 passengers last month, an increase of 15 percent — or 11,322 passengers — compared with February 2013. It was the best airport's best February since 2004.
It also reported early numbers for the first two months of 2014 are strong, showing a 25 percent increase compared with January and February last year.
Those numbers are thanks mainly to St. Pete-Clearwater International's dominant carrier, Allegiant Air, the discount airline that serves 31 of the airport's 34 destinations. Allegiant will add a nonstop flight to Cincinnati on May 15.
The airport, also known by its three-letter international airport code name PIE, enjoyed one its best passenger years in 2013, with 1,017,049 people flying in and out of PIE.
It was the first time the airport surpassed the 1 million passenger mark since a record 1.3 million traveled through PIE in 2004. The airport has only broken the million passenger barrier four times since commercial flights started in the 1950s.