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Albert Whitted Airport

Background

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 Administration ("FAA") classifies the Airport as a "Reliever", 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 *98,000 aircraft operations annually and has 180 based aircraft. The Airport has a total economic impact of over $79 million and supports 665 jobs based on the latest economic impact study conducted by the FDOT. 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 see the Airport Business Directory. 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, Johns Hopkins All Children’s, Bayflite Medivac and various other medical transport services. 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 FY19 figures as reported by ATCT.  Does not included after-hours operations. 

Airport Master Plan

The City has embarked on a Master Plan for the Albert Whitted Airport. A master plan website has been set-up which provides more background information including the project timeline. In addition, methods to provide public input and participation are also explained. Please visit the Master Plan Website at www.albertwhittedmasterplan.com.

Recent Development

In the wake of the 2003 referendum where City voters elected to keep the Airport property as an operating airport, the City embarked on an aggressive capital improvement program to update and enhance the Airport. The centerpiece of these improvements was the construction of the $5.2 million Intermodal General Aviation Center (2007), 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 aviation and retail tenants. The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge opened in 2010 on the 2nd floor. 

Most capital funding sources for airport projects come through FAA and FDOT grants, which can provide anywhere from 50% to 98% of an eligible project’s funding. In addition to the IGAC project, the City has accomplished multiple other capital improvements on the Airport in recent years:       

  • Construct new Helicopter Parking Ramp – $200,000
  • Install Lighted Airfield Guidance Signage – $400,000
  • Construct New Air Traffic Control Tower – $3,200,000
  • Construct new parallel Taxiway “D” & Terminal Ramp Expansion – $1,200,000
  • Construct Southern Tie-down and Compass Rose Ramp – $1,100,000
  • Runway 7/25 Pavement Rehabilitation & Lighting Upgrades – $2,800,000
  • Taxiway “C” Pavement Reconstruction – $800,000
  • Construct 7,350 sq/ft Terminal Hangar – $1,100,000

The City is embarking on a multi-phase project to add new facilities on the south side of the airfield. This project will add multiple aircraft storage facilities to include community hangars, t-hangars and shade hangars as well as additional surface parking. Many of the existing older structures will be replaced as a result. The first phases of construction will commence in early 2020.

Commercial Airline Service

There are no commercial airline services at Albert Whitted. If you are interested in finding airline service within the Tampa Bay area, please contact the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport at (727) 453-7800 or Tampa International Airport at (813) 870-8700.

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