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Combining the convenience of a smaller airport with the many travel destinations of a larger one, the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport truly is the best of both worlds.

The St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport has undergone many changes over the years to evolve into what it is today. In the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, it was built as a military flight-training base, and it remained so throughout World War II. After World War II, the governmental property transformed into a commerical airport, known then as the Pinellas International Airport (PIE). In 1958, it became the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. In 1914, the first airplane ticket ever sold was sold in Tampa Bay, where the airport is located. Today, PIE offers flights to 57 non-stop destinations.

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St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport

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The St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport puts you minutes away from the beaches and provides lower fares and smaller crowds. PIE is easy to use, convenient and customer friendly, offering a paved and well-lit Cell Phone Waiting Lot for ease of coordinating curbside pick up for arriving passengers. Additionally, you'll find free Wi-fi, a Visitor Information Center in the Baggage Claim area to help you plan your visit, wheelchairs and handicapped assistance from curbside; ATMs in the concourse outside Ticketing A and the west end of Baggage Claim, and a Florida Currency Exchange for international travelers.

Awards & Accolades

2017: Florida Commercial Service Airport of the Year Award. 2016: Air Carrier Safety Award from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Division. 2013: Nominated by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce for their first annual Good ‘Burger (short for St. Petersburg) Award, an honor for an organization contributing positively to the community.

Core values/mission statement

Tampa Bay the Easy Way.

Company Leadership

Tom Jewsbury

Airport Director

Mr. Jewsbury has over 25 years of airport management experience. He began his professional career in 1990 as An Airport Operations Supervisor at the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1994, he began his tenure at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) as an Operations Supervisor to help develop the newly created Operations Division. During his 21-year tenure at PIE, Mr. Jewsbury received several promotions including Operations Manager and 13 years as Deputy Director, before becoming Airport Director in 2015.

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