CLEARWATER — St. Pete-Clearwater International airport reported a huge jump in the number of passengers served last month, the airport's busiest June since 2004.
The airport, also known by its three-letter designation PIE, said Tuesday that it served 94,566 passengers in June, an increase of 27 percent compared with June 2012. The airport also reported a 13 percent increase in passenger traffic in the first six months of this year compared with the same time period in 2012. From January to June of this year, PIE said it served 530,141 passengers.
New routes helped explain the increase in passengers. The airport's dominant carrier, Allegiant Air, added routes to Harrisburg, Pa., in November and Asheville, N.C., in June. Allegiant flies about 90 percent of the airport's passengers.
"Many Florida airports are experiencing a loss of service or seeing very little air service growth," said airport's director Noah Lagos in a prepared statement. "The popularity of Allegiant's low-cost, non-stop flights and the markets they serve has resulted in PIE's very impressive year-to-date passenger increase."