St. Petersburg hits 1 million passenger mark for first time since 2004
Years of hard work and terminal upgrades has began to pay off for St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in Florida.
For the first time in nine years, Tampa Bay’s number two airport has surpassed the one-million passenger mark. The 1,017,049 passengers makes 2012 the fourth busiest year in airport history, and marks a 17% increase from 2012.
“I think we will continue to see double digit growth in 2014,” Airport Director Noah Lagos said Thursday. “If everything holds constant with our economy, I foresee Allegiant announcing four-to-six new cities in 2014 and a potential for flights out West and Mexico.”
St. Petersburg-Clearwater has benefited from Allegiant Air’s rapid growth, which now includes 31 destinations. That number makes Allegiant the second largest airline in Tampa Bay in number of destinations served. Southwest Airlines is the largest currently serves 36 destinations from Tampa International Airport.