Okay I just want to clarify, I am not trying to be negative about the airport that is less than a mile from where I live (PIE
I do not believe the market is in this area to successfully operate two commercial airports. This is not Chicago, San Francisco, or even Atlanta (which only has one airport). This is Tampa bay area, and TPA
serves 99.9% of the commercial traffic in this area. TPA
even serves with some success Bradenton/Sarasota but recently their airport (SRQ
) has been getting more flights (good for them).
really doesn't serve a market. I would like to see the airport succeed, but if Pinellas is to be successful in their quest to stop being a jealous little brother of TPA
, the county needs to invest in the business structure and new desirable development to develop the market for PIE
Tampa bay area (TPA) is also squeezed for commercial service by SRQ & RSW to the south and MCO to the east. This is unlike other large airports (STL, MCI) that cover huge swaths of country. I've driven to MCO a couple times for a flight since it's only about an hour drive, and I know a lot of people who regularly compare TPA to MCO.
BTW, Hooters air coming here would be great.
[Edited 2005-01-29 03:10:36]