Where Possibilities Take Flight

Albert Whitted Airport is a gem of the beautiful and unique downtown waterfront experience of St. Petersburg, Florida. With 100,000 flights each year, it is integral to St. Pete’s tourism and economy, but it’s so much more than an airport. AWA enables Discovery, Opportunity, Safety, Mobility, and Preservation for everyone in the St. Petersburg community.

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Rich History and Bragging Rights
Albert Whitted Airport carries a rich history that intertwines with the evolution of aviation and the city it serves. St. Petersburg is the site of the first scheduled commercial flight, which launched from downtown waters near Albert Whitted Airport on January 1, 1914. Flights from a shell runway began in 1917, and the airport was named and dedicated in 1928. National Airlines, one of the first commercial airlines, began service at AWA in 1934.

With its historic hangars and iconic control tower, Albert Whitted stands as a testament to the pioneering spirits that have graced its runways. It has welcomed famous aviators; hosted airshows that have dazzled spectators; and served as a launchpad for countless dreams of flight. This gem on St. Pete’s downtown waterfront has seen – and been an important part of – decades of transformative moments in aviation. And the airport continues to thrive as a vital part of the St. Petersburg community today.

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Flight Scholarships!

Friends of Albert Whitted Airport kicked off their inaugural round of flight scholarships with an uplifting award ceremony held at Sheltair Aviation on Saturday, April 1st, honoring the 19 St. Pete area young people (ages 16-24) who were awarded aviation scholarships.

2024 applications are now open!

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