There are multiple airports that serve the Tampa Bay Area, in fact, three international airports serve the area! These are:
Tampa International Airport which is Tampa’s main airport and the primary location for commercial passenger airline service into the Tampa Bay area. It is also a consistent favorite in surveys of the industry and the traveling public. The readers of Condé Nast Traveler have frequently placed Tampa International in their list of Best Airports, ranking it #1 in 2003, and #2 in 2008 A survey by Zagat in 2007 ranked Tampa International first among U.S. airports in overall quality. During 2008, it was the 26th-busiest airport in North America.
St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, which lies just across the bay from Tampa International Airport in neighboring Pinellas County. The airport has become a popular destination for discount carriers, with over 90% of its flights are on low-cost carrier Allegiant Air. A joint civil-military aviation facility, it is also home to Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, the largest air station in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Then there’s Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport is located in nearby Sarasota. Sarasota airport has more flights to Delta’s Atlanta hub than any other city, but also serves several other large U.S. cities.
First off, we shall tell you some facts about Tampa International Airport, the airport is served by over twenty major air carrier airlines, four regional airlines, and three air cargo carriers. Three of the regional airlines operate under the banner of mainline air carriers, while a fourth, Silver Airways, is independent and utilizes Tampa International Airport as a hub for its operations. Southwest Airlines operates a focus city in TPA and carries the airport’s largest share of passengers, operating up to 121 daily flights.
As for St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, it is a public/military airport in Pinellas County, Florida serving the Tampa Bay Area. It is nine miles north of downtown St. Petersburg, seven miles southeast of Clearwater, and seventeen miles southwest of Tampa.
It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a small-hub primary commercial service facility. In 2014 it showed double-digit growth and handled more than one million passengers, setting a record.
Then there’s Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, it is located partially within Sarasota County, City of Sarasota, and Manatee County. Owned by the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority, it is three miles north of downtown Sarasota and six miles south of Bradenton.
The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 called it a “small hub” airport since it enplanes 0.05 percent to 0.25 percent of total U.S. passenger enplanements.
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