St. Pete Clearwater Airport and Tampa Airport

Local airports make it easy to reach domestic and international destinations and, while you're waiting to board your plane, eat and shop to your heart's content.

The St. Petersburg/Clearwater area is conveniently served by two international airports, St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA), as well as two general aviation airports. With more than 30 airlines to accommodate your schedule, competitive rates and efficient facilities packed with amenities, the airports are worthy gatekeepers to paradise.

Traveling Safely During the Era of COVID-19

St. Pete-Clearwater International airport has increased precautionary steps in response to the spread of COVID-19 by expanding sanitizing procedures and safety measures with an action plan. Face masks or coverings are required while in the terminal. PIE continues modified operations following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Departmental of Health (DOH). Allegiant Ticket Counters are open only when flights are operating. Sun Country and Sunwing Airlines temporarily suspended operations until further notice. Check each airline for updated information.

Tampa International Airport recently unveiled its “TPA Ready” plan to keep passengers and employees safe during the COVID-19 crisis. The plan outlines measures for social distancing, enhanced cleaning, reduced seating and mask use. TPA continues modified operations and fliers are encouraged to check specific airline requirements before planning any trips.

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE)

Fly to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and before you know it, you'll have your toes in the sand and a cool drink in hand, soaking in a stunning sunset. When you fly to PIE, you're right in the heart of Tampa Bay and a quick drive to anywhere in Tampa, St. Pete or Clearwater. PIE also offers lower fares and smaller crowds, and it's easy to navigate.

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE)
14700 Terminal Blvd. Suite 221, Clearwater, Florida 33762
(727) 453-7800
[email protected]
https://www.fly2pie.com/

What's New and Up-and-Coming at PIE

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport has many improvement projects underway, including the reconstruction of parking and internal roadways. Visitors are urged to allow more travel time while construction is underway. The 16$ million reconstruction project is scheduled to be completed by February 2020 and aims to provide more than 1,156 parking spaces for short- and long-term parking and 224 spaces for rental cars. With the addition of the two economy parking lots (Key Lime and Strawberry) and the cell phone waiting lot, PIE will soon have 3,096 spaces. 

The food, beverage, news and gifts concessions are also under renovations by a new master concessionaire, SSP-Hudson. By 2020, visitors can expect to see The District Pub (pre-security on the second floor), Dunkin' (three locations), 3 Daughters Brewing (gates 2-6), Mazzaro's Italian Market (gates 7-11) and News & Gifts by Hudson. The addition of local favorites 3 Daughters Brewing and Mazzaro's is especially exciting, bringing locally owned businesses to PIE. SSP-Hudson also plans to install locally themed retail stores such as Market 361 (named for the average annual days of sunshine in St. Pete/Clearwater).

Additionally, PIE has a heartwarming new Pets Uplifting People therapy dog program, which provides dogs to greet travelers who are waiting to board flights. 

The next big project on the docket at PIE is the $24 million rehabilitation of Runway 18-3, which includes rehabilitation of the asphalt pavement and installation of new edge lighting. The work is expected to be completed by spring 2021. 

Road Construction Around PIE

A road construction project is underway around PIE in preparation for the Gateway Expressway Project, which will create two elevated tolled roadways to reduce traffic congestion in the area. It's unlikely that you'll experience any significant delays due to the construction, but please plan a little extra travel time to and around PIE until the project is completed in 2021.

Parking Information

Note: In light of the current COVID situation and to enable protective action, parking options at PIE are limited. Long-term Parking is open; Economy Parking Lots are closed; Parking Lot Shuttles are discontinued until further notice. Short-term Parking will reopen for airport guests with no overnight parking - the date has yet to be determined.

Airport parking lots are open two hours before the first departure of the day and one hour after the last flight arrives. Cash, credit cards and debit cards are accepted.

Parking is currently limited at the airport, particularly during the holiday travel season, so travelers are advised to arrange transportation to and from PIE when possible. 

Short-Term Parking
Note: This is temporarily closed. Visitors are encouraged to wait at the Cell Phone Lot when picking up passengers. 

Long-Term Parking
Note: There is limited availability with the lot filling up on Thursdays - Mondays; additional parking is available in Economy Lots.
Rates: $2 First Hour; $1 each additional 20 minutes; $12 Daily Maximum
Location: Adjacent to the terminal within walking distance

Economy Parking
Note: If you have difficulty walking with luggage, you're encouraged to park in the Economy Lot and us the convenient shuttle service to and from the terminal.
Rates: $8 per day; $2 First Hour; $1 each additional 20 minutes; $12 Daily Maximum
Location: Economy Parking #1 "KeyLime PIE Lot" is located across Roosevelt Blvd. on 46th Street and open yar-round. Economy Parking #2 "Strawberry PIE Lot" is located on Fairchild Drive west of the Terminal and is open as needed.

Cell Phone Waiting Lot
Location: The cell phone lot is located adjacent to the air traffic control tower.

Passenger Pick-up & Drop-off

Baggage Claim Curbside
Only for active loading and unloading; To avoid circling the airport, consider waiting in the Cell Phone Lot until your passenger has arrived. Uber and Lyft pick-ups are curbside in front of the terminal. 

Ground Transportation

The Ground Transportation Lot can be used for Economy Parking shuttles, taxis and hotel and off-site rental car shuttles. Taxi and shuttle transportation services are located outside of Baggage Claim in the Ground Transportation Lot. Some nearby hotels offer shuttle service and pick-up in the Ground Transportation Lot. 

It is easy to rent a car ar or near PIE. The on-site rental car companies are Alamo, National, Avis, Budget, Enterprise and Hertz. Their rental counters can be found in the baggage claim area. The off-site rental companies include Dollar Car Rental, Thrifty Car Rental and ACE Rental Cars.

Airlines Serving PIE

The airlines that serve PIE include Allegiant Air, Sunwing Airlines and SunCounty Airlines. 

Services & Amenities

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport offers many services and amenities to make your travel experience more comfortable and convenient, such as free Wi-Fi. A Privacy Room for nursing moms is located in Gates 2-6 to the right of the restrooms. 

Guest Services: Learn about the area's award-winning beaches and other fun attractions for the whole family from the Visitor Information Center located near Baggage Claim.

Handicapped Assistance: Airlines will provide wheelchairs to passengers from curbside to boarding as requested - alert the airline at the check-in counter. PIE offers visually impaired guests the option to access an agent from the Aira Services for the Visually Impaired to provide audio guidance to navigate through the airport. Travelers can sign up at AIRA

Foreign Language Assistance: Foreign Language & American Sign Language Translation Services are available int he Airport Reception Office Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., in the Airport Reception Office. Foreign Language Assistance is available at the Visitor Info Booth near Baggage Claim.

ATM: There is an ATM located in the concourse outside Ticketing A and the west end of Baggage Claim. International travelers can learn about the services and locations of the Florida Currency exchange here. 

Nearby Hotels

There are plenty of accommodations located close to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Peruse the list below and start planning your next getaway to America's Best Beaches!

St. Petersburg-Clearwater Marriott Hotel: Airport Shuttle service is available. Contact hotel for pick-up.
Hampton Inn & Suites Clearwater-Ulmerton Road: Airport Shuttle service is available. Contact hotel for pick-up.
Holiday Inn St. Petersburg North/Clearwater: Airport Shuttle service is available. Contact hotel for pick-up.
Marriott Courtyard: Airport Shuttle service is available. Contact hotel for pick-up.
Holiday Inn Express: Airport Shuttle service is available. Contact hotel for pick-up.

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Tampa International Airport (TPA) is consistently ranked as one of America's most-loved airports. The Wall Street Journal recently named TPA the best midsize airport in the country in its annual survey ranking the nation's best large and midsize airports. Also, J.D. Power recently named TPA as the third-highest in passenger satisfaction among mega airports. TPA is located about 45 minutes from St. Pete/Clearwater's award-winning beaches and six miles west of downtown Tampa. One of the benefits of flying into TPA is its centralized location, allowing you to easily visit both the beautiful beaches of St. Pete/Clearwater and the theme parks in Orlando. TPA boasts 70 new restaurants, shops and spas and offers more than 90 nonstop flights and 260 daily departures. 

Tampa International Airport (TPA)
4100 George J. Bean Parkway, Tampa, Florida 33607
813-870-8770
https://www.tampaairport.com

What's New and Up-and-Coming at TPA

After an almost billion-dollar makeover, Tampa International Airport is now home to a mix of 70 new sops, restaurants, kiosks and bars. Some of the distinctive local brands to take residence at TPA include Cafe by Mise en Place, Goody Goody, RumFish (from TradeWinds St. Pete Beach) and Ducky's. Foodies can also try char-grilled oysters at Ulele and sample locally brewed beer at Cigar City.

TPA also recently opened the Shoppes at Bayshore, a 6,300-square foot space showcasing national and local boutique brands including Tommy Bahama, Quiksilver and Bourbon and Bowties. A pop-up Tampa shop also holds a rotating display of local goods (delicious La Segunda pastries, anyone?).

The third and final phase (slated to begin sometime in 2020) will include the construction of a new Airside D with 16 gates capable of handling both domestic and international flights. In addition to major upgrades, there are several improvements in TPA's pipeline slated for the next few years such as water bottle filling station installation at each Airside to help reduce plastic waste, mothers' nursing rooms (expected by Spring 2020), Service Animal Relief Areas (SARAs), soon-to-come water dumping stations to empty liquids before entering TSQA checkpoints and E-gates to automate shuttle entry processes as biometrics make the international check-in process quicker.

Parking Information

There are convenient parking options at TPA. Browse the descriptions below before you select your solution:

Short-Term Parking
Rates: Under 60 minutes is free; 61-80 minutes is $4; each additional 20 minutes is $2; max charge is $22 per 24 hours
Location: Levels 4-9 above the Main Terminal
Access to Terminal: Elevator access
Vehicle Clearance: 6 feet, 8 inches
More Details: SunPass accepted; Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (Parking Level 5)

Long-Term Parking
Rates: Under 60 minutes is free; 61-80 minutes is $4; each additional 20 minutes is $2; max charge is $18 per 24 hours
Location: Garage is adjacent to the Main Terminal
Access to Terminal: Pedestrian walkway to the terminal on Level 4; Monorail on Level 7
Vehicle Clearance: 7 feet, 10 inches
More Details: SunPass accepted; Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Parking (Parking Level 4)

Economy Garage & Lot
Rate: Under 60 minutes is free; 61-80 minutes is $4; each additional 20 minutes is $2; max charge is $18 per 24 hours
Location: Garage is adjacent to the Main Terminal
Access to Terminal: Pedestrian walkway to the terminal on Level 4; Monorail on Level 7
Vehicle Clearance: 7 feet, 10 inches
More Details: SunPass accepted; Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Parking (Parking Level 4)

Cell Phone Waiting Lot
Rates: Free
Location: South of the Main Terminal on airport property, across from Economy Parking
Access to Terminal: Wait until arrive guests are ready for pick-up; 5-minute drive tt he main Terminal curbside pick-up
Vehicle Clearance: No limit
More Details: Restrooms; vending machines; free Wi-Fi; real-time flight information display

Green Parking
Rates: No cost for EV Charging; Refer to parking facility for rates
Location: Available at all Parking Facilities - Short-Term (Level 5), Long-Term (Level 4), Economy (Level 1 North Garage), Cell Phone Waiting Lot
Access to Terminal: This varies; Refer to the parking facility
Vehicle Clearance: This varies; Refer to the parking facility

Nearby Outside Lots
A1 Express Parking: One of the most popular off-site parking options, offers free shuttle service from the airport 24 hours a day
Parkway Parking: Some of the most inexpensive rates in the area, located down the street from TPA
Memorial Airport Parking: A good budget option just west of TPA, includes free shuttle service to and from the airport

Passenger Pick-up & Drop-off

Baggage Claim Curbsides
Only for active loading; due to ongoing construction, drivers may experience increased congestion. To avoid circling the airport, consider waiting in the Cell Phone Waiting Lot until your passenger has arrived.

Rideshares
Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft can drop you off at the departure level. Be sure you notify your driver of your airline and terminal to ensure smooth drop-off and pick-up. 
Note: After you deplane at TPA, follow the signs to "Ground Transportation" and "Baggage Claim". When ready, walk outside and look for the sign for "Passenger Pickups" or a designated area labeled, "Rideshares".

Ground Transportation & Rental Car Information
There are many options for ground transportation.

Taxis: Taxi service by Yellow Cab (phone number 813-666-6666) and United Cab (phone number 813-777-7777) is available at the curbside outside the Baggage Claim level.
Rental Cars: Access 16 on-airport rental car services by taking the SkyConnect train from the Main Terminal. Pro tip: Remote bag check is available for most domestic passengers. Also, courtesy vehicle service to off-airport rental car companies is available at either end of the Red and Blue Baggage Claims. 
Shared Passenger Van Service: Airport limos and shared passenger van services are available through reservations or walk-in bookings. Passengers can wait to board their vehicles at enclosed, air-conditioned lobbies located at either end of the Baggage Claim areas.
Bus/Public Transportation: The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) bus stops are located at the Rental Car Center; follow signs to "Remote Curbside". The Greyhound bus terminal is located in Downtown Tampa at 610 Polk Street near the corner of Pierce Street. Chartered bus services are also an option - passenger pickups are located in the bus spaces in the Ground Transportation Centers. 
Rideshare services like Uber & Lyft: Guests leaving the airport using a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft can be picked up by the service provider at "Passenger Pickups" or a designated area labeled, "Rideshares" outside the Baggage Claim area. 

Airlines Serving TPA

Many airlines serve TPA including Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Cayman Airways, Contour Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Edelweiss Air, Frontier, Jet Blue, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air, Silver Airways, Southern Airways Express, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Coast Airlines (seasonal), Swift Air, Swoop, United and WestJet.

Services & Amenities

Guest Services: The information kiosk is staffed with Guest Services Representatives from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily. The kiosk is located int he center of Level 3 in the Main Terminal. 
Handicapped Assistance: Airlines provide wheelchair service from curbside to ticket counters and gates through their skycaps. Elevators also provide convenient access to all passenger areas of the airport and all public restrooms at the airport are wheel-chair accessible. Additionally, there are companion restrooms equipped for people with disabilities located throughout the airport.
Currency Exchange: International travelers can visit Travelex Currency Services in Level 3 in the main Terminal to convert foreign banknotes to dollars. 
 

General Aviation

In addition, the area is served by two smaller airports, which accept private planes and small jets.

Albert Whitted Municipal Airport
107 8th Ave. S.E., St. Petersburg, 33701
www.StPete.org/airport
727-893-7657

Clearwater Air Park Airport
1000 N. Hercules Ave., Clearwater, 33765
www.ClearwaterAirpark.net
727-443-3433

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