St. Pete - Clearwater International Airport Facts
St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport is a public/military airport in Pinellas County, Florida.It is nine miles north of downtown St. Petersburg and seven miles southeast of Clearwater.
The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport since it has over 10,000 passenger boardings per year. In 2014 it experienced double-digit growth and handled more than one million passengers for the first time in its history.
Most scheduled airline traffic in the Tampa Bay Area uses Tampa International Airport (TPA), ten miles (16 km) to the east, but St. Pete–Clearwater remains a destination for low-cost carriers. St. Pete–Clearwater is a focus city for Las Vegas-based carrier Allegiant Air.
Being less busy than Tampa, PIE is frequently used by pilots of private planes and executive jets flying to the Tampa Bay Area.