St. Pete-Clearwater International (PIE) Airport recently passed its annual Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety and Certification Inspection with no discrepancies for the 11th consecutive year.
All domestic airports providing commercial airline services must comply with FAA's Federal Aviation Regulations Part (FAR) 139 annual assessment that checks runway safety, pavement marking and lighting, safety inspections, wildlife management records, aircraft rescue, firefighting data and more.
"Passing the FAA safety and certification inspection is a significant accomplishment made possible through dedicated and collaborative efforts by the PIE staff," Airport Director Thomas Jewsbury told Florida Business Daily. "We focus on safety every day of the year. I am extremely proud of their outstanding work."
Clearly on a growth trajectory, PIE served approximately 1.25 million passengers in 2014, a 23 percent increase over the prior year. In September alone, 91,607 passengers used the airport, representing a 27 percent increase over September 2014. Overall, year-to-date figures indicate that PIE business increased almost by one-third (32 percent) in the first three quarters of 2015.