CLEARWATER — St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport enjoyed another record month of passenger numbers in November that could set the stage for a record year.
The airport saw 824,125 passengers in November 2013, a 20 percent jump in the number of passengers compared to the same month last year. This November was also the seventh-straight month of double-digit increases in passenger numbers compared to the same seven-month period in 2012.
A successful November also helped the airport close in on its goal of surpassing 1 million passengers this calendar year. As of November 2013, the airport has seen 919,951 passengers total. That's an increase of 16 percent compared to the same time frame in 2012.
St. Pete-Clearwater International has not reached the 1 million passenger mark since 2004.
This November's double-digit boost in passengers benefitted from Allegiant Air, the airport's dominant carrier, adding six new destinations from Oct. 31 to Nov. 23. The airport also saw Sunwing Airlines restart service to Toronto on Oct. 21. The Sunwing route to Halifax is set to begin in February.