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Tampa Bay area airports see spring break surge in passengers

March is historically the busiest month of the year at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, but this year it saw more passengers than ever.   LANCE ROTHSTEIN | File photo (2015)
March is historically the busiest month of the year at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, but this year it saw more passengers than ever. LANCE ROTHSTEIN | File photo (2015)
Published Apr. 6, 2018

The Tampa Bay area has had a big spring break if airport traffic is any indication.

March was the biggest month in the history of St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, with 237,021 passengers, a 15 percent increase over the same month last year. Year-to-date, traffic at the Pinellas airport is up 13 percent.

Tampa International Airport, which just reported a 12.5 percent increase in passengers for February, has not released numbers for March, but airport spokeswoman Emily Nipps said in an email that "early indications are that we could see about a 10 percent year-over-year increase."

"Our official six-week spring break period ends next week and we do think it was our busiest on record," she said.

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