Make us your home page

St. Pete-Clearwater International shows monthly, yearly gains

CLEARWATER — It was a banner May in what has been a banner year at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

The airport reported serving 83,595 passengers in May, officials said. That's a 28 percent boost in the 65,232 travelers the airport served in May 2012. It was also the busiest May since 2004, when the airport set a record for that month with 106,433 passengers.

This past May also helped fuel a strong 2013 at the airport as well. In the first five months of this year, St. Pete-Clearwater International reported serving 435,575 passengers. That's an increase of 11 percent from the same time period in 2012.

Airport officials credit 2013's strong passenger numbers to the record number of tourists flocking to Pinellas County this year. In March, Pinellas set an all-time record by collecting $4.9 million in tourist development taxes, a 5 percent tax tacked onto every hotel room and rental that is a significant indicator of the tourism trade's strength.

Allegiant Air, the dominant carrier of St. Pete-Clearwater International, is the other reason for the airport's success this year. Allegiant, which started serving the airport in 2006, has been adding bigger planes that carry more passengers and a new destination, Asheville, N.C., on June 6. That's the airline's 25th route to the area. Allegiant handles 90 percent of the passengers who use the airport.

St. Pete-Clearwater International shows monthly, yearly gains 06/11/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. DOT shows alternatives to former Tampa Bay Express toll lanes


    TAMPA — State transportation officials are evaluating at least a half-dozen alternatives to the controversial Tampa Bay interstate plan that they will workshop with the community for the next 18 months.

    Florida Department of Transportation consultant Brad Flom explains potential alternatives to adding toll lanes to Interstate 275 during a meeting Wednesday at DOT's Tampa office. Flom presented seven diagrams, all of which swapped toll lanes for transit, such as light rail or express bus, in the I-275 corridor from downtown Tampa to Bearss Ave. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON | Times]
  2. Claim: State pressured CFO, used secret recordings to shut down Universal Health Care


    ST. PETERSBURG — The founder of St. Petersburg's Universal Health Care alleges that Florida regulators conspired with the company's chief financial officer to drive the once high-flying Medicare insurer out of business.

    Federal agents raided the headquarters of Universal Health Care in 2013, ordering employees to leave the building. The insolvent St. Petersburg Medicare insurer was then in the process of being liquidated by state regulators.
[DIRK SHADD   |   Times file photo]

  3. Aramis Ayala defends stance against death penalty: 'I did what I believe was proper'

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Orlando prosecutor Aramis Ayala on Wednesday strongly defended her "absolute discretion" to never seek the death penalty in murder cases as justices of the Florida Supreme Court bombarded her lawyer with pointedly skeptical questions.

    Orlando prosecutor Aramis Ayala, far right, said she was "very well pleased" with her lawyer's case. "I violated no laws." [STEVE BOUSQUET | Times]
  4. Tampa Chamber of Commerce offers boost to black and Hispanic-owned businesses

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — There's a disconnect in Hillsborough County's minority business community.

    Gaston Meredith of Gaston's Culinary Services listens to LaKendria Robinson, Director of Minority Business Accelerator & Economic Inclusion during an information session at the Robert W. Saunders Library in Tampa on Tuesday.
[OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  5. Wesley Chapel, Greater Pasco chambers of commerce merge


    LAND O'LAKES — Two chambers of commerce representing more than 850 business members from west Pasco to Wesley Chapel and New Tampa are merging into a single organization.

    Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Hope Allen will lead the combined chambers of commerce announced Wednesday. The yet-to-be-named chamber will represent more than 850 businesses that currenlty are members of the Greater Pasco and Greater Wesley Chapel chambers.
[JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]