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 "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 *89,000 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 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, 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 FY2015 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 outlived its life cycle. The Airport was recently ranked the 29th busiest airport in the FCT program and the 150th busiest for all controlled airports (there are currently 516 controlled airports in the United States with 252 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 reconstruction 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. Finally, the rehab of Runway 7/25 was completed in the summer of 2016. Along with repaving the runway, the adjacent taxiways were also repaved and all the lighting was upgraded with new LED lighting.
The City also has new airport facilities that will be coming online within the next few years. The City has started construction of 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 has been designed to complement the adjacent Galbraith Terminal. Construction should be completed by the end of 2016. Finally, the City has commenced with the planning/design to construct new hangars on the south side of the airport. Construction should start in 2017.
Commercial Airline Service
Tropic Ocean Airways offers scheduled, commercial airline service from St. Petersburg to Ft. Lauderdale. Continuing service to various destinations in the Bahamas will also be available. For additional information please visit www.flytropic.com/scheduled-flights or call 1-800-767-0897.