Discount airliner Allegiant Air continues to fuel growth at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.
The Pinellas County airport saw 91,607 passengers during the month of September, which is less than August and July, but a 27 percent increase compared to September last year, according to a news release. The airport's overall traffic is up 32 percent in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period last year.
The bump in traffic this year is credited to Allegiant Air, the airport's dominant carrier. The Las Vegas-based discount airline added three new destinations from St. Pete-Clearwater in May — Tulsa, Okla.; Akron, Ohio; and Durham, N.C. Allegiant has four new flights this fall: Memphis, which began Oct. 1; Appleton, Wis., which begins Nov. 6; Scranton, Pa., Nov. 6; and Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 12. That brings the total number of nonstop flights from St. Pete-Clearwater to 47 cities.
Sunwing Airlines offers three nonstop flights to and from Canada destinations at St. Pete-Clearwater and Sun Country Airlines offers one nonstop flight to Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss.