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St. Pete-Clearwater Airport Soars with Exponential Growth

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St. Pete-Clearwater Airport (PIE) is experiencing a remarkable surge in passenger traffic, prompting ambitious expansion plans to accommodate the exponential growth. Airport officials have secured funding for a $110 million terminal expansion project, expected to accommodate an additional one million passengers annually. [1]

Tom Jewsbury, the airport’s executive director, announced the exciting news during an April 4 work session with Pinellas County Commissioners. He revealed that recent state and federal grants would allow the airport to complete the momentous project without incurring debt. [1]

“We’re very blessed that we’ve seen a lot of positive growth,” Jewsbury stated, attributing the airport’s success to low-cost carriers like Allegiant Air, the primary airline at St. Pete-Clearwater Airport, and the region’s award-winning beaches that attract visitors from across the country. [1]

The expansion project is a testament to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport’s soaring popularity, with the airport now offering 64 direct flights, an impressive feat for a mid-sized facility. In 2023, PIE welcomed a record-breaking 2.49 million passengers, marking a significant achievement in the airport’s history. [5]

St. Pete-Clearwater Airport Ambitious Expansion Plans

The $110 million terminal expansion will include consolidating the TSA checkpoints, expanding passenger hold rooms, adding new gates, and constructing a new level for passenger boarding. Additionally, the airport plans to build a $40 million, 1,000-space parking garage to accommodate the increasing demand. [1][6]

“We’re embarking on an over $100 million terminal expansion project that will go under design later this year, providing us the ability to continue accommodating the growth in this community that we’re seeing,” Jewsbury affirmed. [5]

The expansion project is expected to commence construction in 2024 and reach completion by 2027, with New York-based C&S Companies providing engineering and construction consulting services. [6][12]

Economic Impact and Future Growth

PIE’s remarkable growth is not only a boon for the airport but also a significant contributor to the region’s economy. According to a 2023 Florida Department of Transportation report, the airport generated a $3.4 billion economic impact and supported nearly 21,000 local jobs. [1]

Looking ahead, PIE aims to capture a larger share of the lucrative international travel market. Allegiant currently offers several connections from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport to Canadian cities and is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation to launch direct flights to popular Mexican beach destinations like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos. [6]

As the Tampa Bay area continues to attract visitors and residents, the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport stands poised to meet the growing demand, solidifying its position as a vital economic engine for the region. [1][5][6]

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Citations:
[1] https://stpetecatalyst.com/st-pete-clearwater-airport-prepares-for-exponential-growth/
[2] https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-pinellas/millions-of-federal-dollars-will-support-st-pete-clearwater-airports-growth
[3] https://stpetecatalyst.com/st-pete-clearwater-airport-to-embark-on-106m-terminal-expansion/
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Pete%E2%80%93Clearwater_International_Airport
[5] https://www.fox13news.com/news/2-49-million-passengers-flew-in-and-out-of-st-pete-clearwater-international-airport-in-2023
[6] https://stpeterising.com/home/st-pete-clearwater-airport-embarks-on-110m-terminal-expansion-amid-stellar-growth
[7] https://www.fdot.gov/aviation/economicimpact22.shtm
[8] https://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2024/02/14/st-pete-clearwater-airport-federal-grant.html
[9] https://www.linkedin.com/posts/mark-allen-parker_st-pete-clearwater-airport-prepares-for-activity-7183192503028719617-U_Hc
[10] https://www.wusf.org/transportation/2024-04-12/st-pete-clearwater-international-airport-110-million-expansion
[11] https://www.reddit.com/r/ClearwaterFlorida/comments/1bzy2u6/st_peteclearwater_airport_prepares_for/
[12] https://stpetecatalyst.com/st-pete-airport-selects-firm-to-lead-105m-terminal-project/
[13] https://www.linkedin.com/posts/stpetecatalyst_st-pete-clearwater-airport-prepares-for-activity-7183184857156497410-0xGG
[14] https://www.reddit.com/r/StPetersburgFL/comments/1abthnf/st_peteclearwater_airport_embarks_on_110m/
[15] https://www.newsbreak.com/news/3395999955808-st-pete-clearwater-airport-prepares-for-exponential-growth
[16] https://www.fox13news.com/news/st-pete-clearwater-airport-sets-sight-on-expanding-as-it-hits-passenger-record
[17] https://fly2pie.com/docs/default-source/hb915-financial-title-vi-compliance/pie-fy23-budget.pdf?sfvrsn=adddb506_3
[18] https://twitter.com/Marks__Musings/status/1777426530450165847
[19] https://stpetecatalyst.com/st-pete-clearwater-airport-passenger-growth-is-sky-high/

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