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Small St. Pete airport experiences big growth

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More people are using St. Pete Clearwater International Airport than they have in the last decade. More than 1 million passengers passed through in 2013. That's a 17 percent increase over 2012, according to the airport Director Noah Lagos.

"That all translates to increasing support for the tourist economy in Pinellas County," said Lagos.

People can now fly nonstop to 34 different cities in America and Canada from St. Pete Clearwater International Airport. The majority of the flights are offered by Las Vegas-based Allegiant Airlines.

"My crystal ball says that we'll see four to six new cities from Allegiant this calendar year, if the economy continues to be as good as it is," said Lagos.

Lagos said Allegiant plans bring some A-320 airbuses to the airport this year, which will allow for longer nonstop flights. He's hoping it will open the door to a western destinations, like Las Vegas.

"We want to continue to have the flavor of small town, easy to use convenient airport and concentrate on having a few more airlines and work to continue to strive to improve an already good customer service experience," said Lagos.

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