Pinellas County Approves $110 Million Expansion for St. Pete-Clearwater Airport

PIE terminal expansion. Credit: St. Pete - Clearwater International Airport.

Pinellas County Commissioners have approved funding requests and contracts to enable the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) to begin a $110 million terminal expansion. Located at 14700 Terminal Boulevard in north St. Petersburg, the airport served 2.5 million passengers last year and offers non-stop routes to over 60 cities through Allegiant Air.

During a recent commission meeting, officials approved a $14.33 million contract with New York-based C&S Companies to design and construct the new and expanded terminal. This project will add more gates for existing and future airlines, consolidate TSA checkpoints, introduce a new level of passenger boarding, and create space for new food and beverage vendors.

Walkway to PIE’s main terminal. Credit: St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport

According to St. Pete Rising, PIE released a proposal request earlier this month, seeking a construction manager to oversee the expansion and collaborate with C&S Companies. Contractors interested in the project must submit bids by May 24. The specific scope of work for the selected construction manager will be determined before awarding the contract.

At the same meeting, county commissioners approved a 2024 application for a $6 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This grant will allow PIE to begin design work on the terminal expansion. With the grant and necessary contractors, airport officials expect construction to commence in 2026.

Additionally, commissioners agreed to submit a $2.5 million Public Transportation Grant Agreement (PTGA) with the Florida Department of Transportation for the design and environmental site preparation of a separate airport property, Airco. The nearly 100-acre Airco site, previously a golf course, is the largest contiguous piece of developable land in Pinellas County. Once infrastructure is complete, the property could be developed for aviation and non-aviation uses.

The terminal expansion and additional development at PIE are poised to enhance the airport’s capacity and offerings, providing more flight options and amenities for passengers traveling to and from Pinellas County.

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3 Comments on "Pinellas County Approves $110 Million Expansion for St. Pete-Clearwater Airport"

  1. Please make it easier to load and unload without going outside. The ramps are slick and not safe to go up the ramps outside.

  2. Please no more loading outside. The ramps are slick from the rain.

  3. Just what we need, a bigger cluster. Dont make Florida New York. Dont congest this lovely area into another New York ghetto area. Thumbs down on this idea. Go to Tampa.

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