PIE Covid-19 Action Plan

In preparation for the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) is implementing best practices for safety and economic recovery.

To instill the highest level of confidence that PIE is a safe, clean, and secure airport for our passengers, employees, and tenants, the PIE COVID-19 Action Plan will be in effect until further notice.


Airport Cleaning & Sanitation Protocols -Continue precautionary steps in response to the spread of COVID-19, including increased cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

  • Total sanitizing of all surfaces; increased intensity and frequency of disinfecting hard surfaces and high-touch areas throughout the airport
  • Increased cleaning efforts in the restrooms and other public areas
  • Assuring public restrooms are supplied with soap and towels
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations Installed throughout the airport
  • Sanitize the entire airport monthly with Clorox 360 or similar product

Guest Sanitization Stations

  • Provide hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant hand wipes at sanitizing stations at specific locations at airport to include: 
  • Airline Check-in Line Entry -Ticketing A and Ticketing B
  • TSA Screening Exit – at Bin Pick-up Areas
  • Gate Entry to aircraft
  • Bag Claim - between bag belts
  • At Visitor Info Booth
  • Various high traffic areas including terminal areas near food/beverage and news/gifts concessions, and rental car companies of interest

Enable Social Distancing and Protective Actions

  • TSA Security Checkpoint Queues
  • Floor decals placed every 6 feet in passenger queuing areas
  • Install plexiglass dividers at the TSA Check Station/Podium
  • Ticket Counters
  •  Floor decals placed every 6 feet in passenger queuing areas
  •  Install plexiglass dividers in front of each work station
  • Face Coverings at the Airport
  •  Airport employees will wear face coverings in public areas and non-public areas where maintaining 6-foot separation is not possible
  •  Terminal tenants are expected to wear face coverings in public and non-public areas where maintaining 6-foot separation is not possible
  •  Encourage passengers to wear face coverings while at the Airport
  • Gate Hold Areas
  • Select seating in gate areas will be blocked by decals to provide ample space between seats and between rows
  •  Promote social distancing with public messaging and signage
  • Baggage Claim
  •  Spread flights out among baggage claim belts when feasible
  • Concessions
  •  Following CDC and DOH guidelines
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • Signage informing arriving passengers to maintain social distancing for the CBP Officer
  • Parking Facilities
  •  Long Term open for passengers and customers
  •  Economy Lots closed, and Parking Lot Shuttles discontinued until further notice
  •  Employee Parking Lot open within walking distance of terminal
  •  Short-term Parking to reopen for airport guests with no overnight parking (date pending)
  •  Ground Transportation Lot open for taxis, hotel and off-site rental car shuttles
  • Meeters-and-Greeters in the Main Terminal
  •  Encourage meeters and greeters not to enter Terminal with exception of individuals escorting unaccompanied minors or special needs passengers
  •  Encourage use of Cell Phone Waiting Lot for curbside pick-up or Short-term Parking Lot (when reopened) to wait for passengers


  • External Communications/ Public Outreach

o Promotion of safe travel practices and relevant travel information at airport

  • CDC / FL Department of Health posted information
  • Announcements on the terminal public address system to remind the public to maintain social distancing
  • Airport signage on social distancing at check-in lines, seating areas, Baggage Claim
  •  Electronic signage – use Virtual Messaging Boards

o Promotion of safe travel practices and relevant travel information on communication platforms

  • Website posts
  • Social Media – Facebook & Twitter
  • Media releases

o Coordinate information with Partner Agencies

  • Department of Health
  •  Pinellas County/ State of Florida
  •  Tenants
  •  FAA & Homeland Security


  • Budget Review and Realignment
  •  Adjust Operating & Maintenance and Capital Budgets
  •  CARES Act Funding implementation
  • Tenant Assistance Programs
  •  Relief Program in place



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