I think we could all use a feel good story right about now. Last week, St. Pete-Clearwater Airport (PIE) was the place where a young passenger was reunited with his lost stuffed-animal. The plush friend, named Masch Masch, was separated from young Jaydence during a trip.
Allegiant Airlines, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, and PIE all worked together to make this wonderful reunion possible.
Ronco family welcomes home Masch "Jet" returned by Allegiant crew members to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport after being spotted Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Six-year-old Jaydence received Masch Masch as a gift from the judge who finalized his adoption two years ago. Masch Masch unfortunately got separated from his friend and found himself lost at the Ohio airport. Fortunately, the staff made sure the stuffed animal enjoyed all there was to taste and see at its concourses before Masch Masch hitched a ride back to Florida.
Today we took Jet to Graeter's Ice Cream in Concourse A, because he had never tried it before. That's when it dawned on…
PIE captured the wonderful reunion. It’s just a bit of brightness that I think we could all use right now. They even added two new friends (courtesy of Hudson News) to join Masch Masch and Jaydence.
Of course, PIE itself has some major updates in the works, that includes the addition of a Mazzaro’s to the airport.
In 2019, 2,288,692 passengers flew to/from 57 non-stop destinations. Overall, 2019 was up 2% over 2018, according to a release from PIE. December 2019 was a 12% increase over December 2018 with 196, 331 passengers and our biggest December in history.
PIE is ranked 90th out of 519 Commercial Service Airports in the U.S. in enplanements (Federal Aviation Administration). PIE consistently ranks amongst the lowest average round-trip airfare with PIE’s average fare at $127.85 compared to U.S. average fare of $345.09. For the 3rd quarter of 2019, PIE ranks 11th lowest in average airfare out of 420 airports (U.S. Department of Transportation).