Airport Facts

The St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) provides the facilities necessary to support commercial passenger, air cargo, general aviation, and military aviation activity for the Tampa Bay Area. Over the past 10 years, PIE has experienced substantial growth and there is continued interest to develop both aviation and non-aviation facilities on the airport’s property.

  • PIE consists of approximately 1,900 acres located on the east side of Pinellas County, just north of St. Petersburg - the birthplace of commercial air transportation.
  • The airport has two runways.  Runway 18-36 is the primary runway at 9,730 feet long and 150 feet wide, while Runway 4-22 is the secondary runway at 5,903 feet long and 150 feet wide.
  • The commercial passenger airlines at PIE provide non-stop access to over 60 destinations throughout the United States and Canada.
  • In 2016, the airport served over 1.8 million passengers and 113,103 annual operations (takeoffs and landings).
  • PIE is home to the U.S. Coast Guard’s busiest Air Station and a U.S. Army Reserve Center.

The Airport’s website (www.fly2pie.com) provides an excellent overview of the airport facilities, flights, and services offered to the surrounding region.

What is an Airport Master Plan?

An Airport Master Plan is a long-range planning document that serves several important purposes for airport management, airport users, and the local community. Airports receiving development grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) are also required to conduct periodic updates of their planning documents in order to remain eligible for future grants. The primary goal will be to create a 20-year development program to maintain a safe, efficient, economical, and environmentally acceptable airport facility for the Tampa Bay community.  By achieving this goal, the document will provide the guidance to satisfy the aviation demand in a financially feasible and responsible manner, while at the same time addressing the aviation, environmental, and socioeconomic issues of the community.  In support of this goal, the following objectives will be accomplished:

  • Ensure orderly development:  consider short-term needs and long-term plans;
  • Maximize level of service to passengers while maintaining low operating costs;
  • Serve increasing number of passengers in a phased and cost effective manner;
  • Provide for the growth of air cargo and general aviation;
  • Diversify airport revenue stream and increase regional economic impact;
  • Ensure compliance with latest FAA design criteria, grant assurances, and policies;
  • Refine land development strategy;
  • Integrate sustainability and resiliency concepts to ensure long-term viability;
  • Provide flexibility to allow the airport to respond to changes in the aviation industry;
  • Meet FAA Airport Geographic Information System (AGIS) mandate;
  • Create a new Airport Layout Plan drawing set;
  • Capitalize on airport branding; and
  • Secure broad community buy-in for the future airport development program.

While a number of these objectives fulfill the broader goals of a comprehensive planning document, some are much more unique to the airfield’s setting and surrounding environment.

 

Master Plan Process

The Master Plan provides a systematic outline of the development actions required to maintain and further develop airfield and landside facilities.  This process provides those officials responsible for the scheduling, budgeting, and ultimate funding of airport improvement projects with an advance notice of the airport’s needs.  By phasing airport development, improvements can be conducted in an orderly and timely fashion.

Throughout this process, reviews are conducted to insure input is received from key stakeholders, including the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, Airport Noise Abatement Task Force, County staff, airport traffic control management, FAA, FDOT, airport tenants, airport users, and the public.  The individual steps in the master plan process are built upon information and decisions made during previous steps.

What is an Airport Layout Plan drawing set?

An Airport Layout Plan (ALP) is a set of drawings that graphically depict existing facilities, the development projects identified in the Airport Master Plan, and how the facilities meet applicable airport design standards. The ALP is an important item for coordination between airport management, the FAA, and FDOT; the organized improvement of the facility; and certainly the safety of the overall airport operation.

Project Schedule

The full PIE Airport Master Plan project schedule can be downloaded here.  This document will be updated periodically.