Albert Whitted Airport ("Airport") is owned and operated by the City of St. Petersburg. The Airport provides convenient access by air to the city's downtown waterfront, business district and urban communities. The Federal Aviation Admistration ("FAA") classifies the Airport as a "Regional", general aviation airport within the National Airspace System. The Airport is located just blocks away from hotels, restaurants, museums, shopping and more. The 110-acre facility handles approximately *97,000 general aviation aircraft operations annually and is the home base to an estimated 185 aircraft. The airport has a total economic impact of over $52 million based on the latest study completed by the Florida DOT (click here to see the 2014 Economic Impact Study). The Airport provides various aviation services including aircraft fueling, aircraft storage and parking, flight training, aircraft charter and rentals, aircraft and helicopter maintenance, aircraft detailing, avionics, pilot supplies, banner towing, and sightseeing tours. For a full listing of businesses based on the airport, please click on the airport businesses page. Besides commercial and private general aviation, many important organizations also utilize the Airport for aviation support functions of their life-saving missions. These include the Civil Air Patrol, Bayflight Medavac and various organ transplant flying services such as Care Flight. To view a current profile on the Airport, please click on the following link: Airport Profile.
The Airport was selected as the 2009 Florida General Aviation Airport of the Year by the Florida DOT.
*NOTE: Based on CY2013 figures as reported by ATCT. Does not included after-hours operations.
In October 2007 the City completed construction of an Intermodal General Aviation Center, complete with a 10,600 sq/ft terminal building, a 12,200 sq/yd aircraft parking ramp and a 64-space parking lot. In November 2009, the terminal building was renamed the Galbraith Terminal after local philanthropists, John and Rosemary Galbraith, to honor their years of support and generosity to the local St. Petersburg community and in particular the airport terminal project. The Galbraith Terminal houses the airport's Fixed Base Operator (FBO), a rental car operator and other various aviation and retail tenants. The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge opened in April 2010 on the 2nd floor of the terminal. The restaurant serves a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu and is open to the public.
Albert Whitted Airport is a controlled airfield and its tower is opened from 7 am - 9 pm daily. The tower's staffing is provided through the FAA's Federal Contract Tower ("FCT") Program. In the summer of 2011 the City completed construction of a new tower. The facility was approved for operation by the FAA and placed into service on September 28, 2011. The new tower replaced the existing FAA-owned facility which had well out-lived its life cycle. In 2013 the Airport was ranked the 34th busiest airport in the FCT program and the 166th busiest for all controlled airports (there are currently 515 controlled airports in the United States with 251 of them that participate in the FCT program).
The City recently completed improvements to the airfield including the construction of a new parallel taxiway (Taxiway "D") on the north side of Runway 7-25 and an expansion of the terminal ramp both of which was completed in 2011. In 2013, the City completed the re-construction of Taxiway A-1 which included the addition of an aircraft run-up area, compass rose and adjacent aircraft parking ramp with thirty (30) aircraft parking spots. The next major airfield project planned for the airport is the rehabilitation of Runway 7/25. Depending on funding availability, design for this project is anticipated to start in 2014.
The City also has new airport facilities that will be coming on line within the next few years. The City has commenced the design process for a new hangar to be located next to the Galbraith Terminal building. The ±7,300 sq/ft hangar will be used to house based and transient aircraft. The exterior of the new hangar will be designed to complement the adjacent Galbraith Terminal. Construction should start in late 2014. Finally, the City has plans to add more large hangars on the south side of the airport with design anticipated to start in late 2014.