Tampa International Airport Construction Impacts and 2016 Look Ahead

Provided by Joseph Lopano, Chief Executive Officer, Tampa International Airport


The New Year is upon us, and 2016 is going to be pivotal for Tampa International Airport’s historic expansion project. There are important changes that you need to be aware of before your next visit.

On January 7, we will close two levels of the Short Term Garage to facilitate the expansion of our Main Terminal to the east and west. The closure will last about six weeks. During this time, parking will be limited in both the Short Term and Long Term garages.

If you’re traveling, we strongly encourage you to use the Economy Garage. If you’re picking someone up, wait in the Cell Phone Lot until your traveler is curbside and ready to leave. Circling the terminal is not permitted, and overnight parking will not be available in the Short Term Garage.

This parking garage project marks the start of one of the busiest periods in our three-year master plan program. In the first year, we did a lot of site preparation. In the last year, we will finish build-out of internal spaces.

This year, we’re going vertical at the rental car center. We’ll weave the guideway for the new automated people mover around the airport entryway.

And in 2016, we will open more than 30 of our 65 new shops and restaurants, including P.F. Chang’s, Hard Rock Cafe, Four Green Fields, Ducky’s and RumFish Grill.

We expect to have more than 1,000 construction workers on airport property any given day in early January and February.

Meanwhile, we are serving a rapidly growing number of passengers.

We saw record or near record numbers in October and November. During the holiday season, we saw about 8 percent more passengers than the same period in 2014.

The strong economy and growing interest in the Tampa Bay area as a tourist destination and location for business expansion mean those numbers will likely continue.

I ask you to please share this message with your colleagues, membership and constituents.

Great things are on the horizon at Tampa International Airport. I thank you for your patience and support as we continue to make one of America’s favorite airports even better!

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