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. For Terminal details at this site open ‘Terminal Map’ and scroll down to the text; for Parking details, open ‘Parking Map’, for ground transportation open ‘Ground Transportation: /Buses & Trains.
Present & future Airport developments: Work started April 2016 on Phase 3 renovation, adding 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) and an added security lane at Checkpoint A and the TSA Pre-check. Furthermore, both passenger screening checkpoints are to be extended from two to three lanes - expediting the TSA screening process. More upgrades are planned for the news, gifts and food & drink concessions, and a new children’s play area.
Still to be completed under the current expansion plan:
- relocation & expansion of security check
- upgrading 4 taxiways during 2017
- construction on a new mainenance facility starts Oct. 2017
- by late 2019, a new checked bagage system is to increase baggage handling capacity
- Allegiant is to reloate its ticketing area for more space.
- Land-side upgrades: new circulaton road system, improved parking access, rental car area expansion, and a 50 percent expansion of long-term parking.
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