St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport PIE
serves botth cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater on the west coast of Central Florida. It can be an alternative option to the very busy Tampa International Airport.
The entire area is a favorite tourist destination and home of two of the top ten beaches in the continental U.S. FDOT awarded the Airport recently the 'Commercial Service Airport of the Year' award (its criteria for the award included safety, aesthetics, and airport management). A recent New York Times column by Nate Silver found the Airport 'the most competitively priced small airport in the nation'.
PIE Airport is only four miles north of St. Petersburg, on State Route 686 (Roosevelt Blvd) - and near the the Gulf Shore cities of Clearwater, Sarasota/Bradenton and Tampa.
NOTE: Travel to/from the Airport could be impacted due to road construction. While only one lane traveling west on Roosevelt to the Airport is open and 2 lanes east on Roosevelt to Ulmerton Road are open, (with the overpass now demolished) - travelers must make a left-hand turn at a traffic light from two-turn lanes to proceed east to Ulmerton. Construction of a new elevated controlled access roadway is to connect U.S. 19 and the Bayside Bridge to I-275 in central Pinellas County. For more information regarding the same, open https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvDM_aKextg.
With 1.8M passengers in 2016, St. Petersburg International Airport is served by some major airlines (Allegiant being the dominant one), offering direct flights to many U.S. cities, with worldwide connections.
NOTE: TSA pre-check is now available with Allegiant
St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport has one passenger terminal.
Present & future Airport developments:
Work started April 2016 on the Phase 3 renovation project, which is to add about 12,000 sq.feet to Gates 7-10 - Upon completion by year-end 2017,
the renovation project will have added 350 new seats to the passenger hold room (totaling 750 in this area). Furthermore, both passenger screening checkpoints are to be extended from two to three lanes - expediting the TSA screening process. Also, more upgrades are planned for the news, gifts and food & drink concessions, and a new children’s play area.
- In Sept. 2016, St.Petersburg Airport received a total of $1,053,979 grants from both County & State, covering the cost of new automated baggage system - replacing the current stand-alone system for faster baggage processing and expediting screening of checked passenger baggage.