Airport receives public input on Master Plan proposal

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An expanded main terminal, new international airside and consolidated security checkpoint in the landside terminal are some of the highlights of the latest recommendations for Tampa International Airport’s 2012 Master Plan Update.

Consultants HNTB shared the proposal at an Aviation Authority board meeting on Dec. 6 and during public workshops on Dec. 12.

“We’re still taking public input on the plan, and I encourage anyone with an interest in the airport to weigh in through our website or Facebook page,” said airport CEO Joe Lopano.

The suggested plan, which also includes using the latest technology for such passenger processing functions as checking bags and boarding at gates, would allow the existing terminal to accommodate up to 34.7 million passengers, a target the airport won’t likely reach until 2041. The proposal also allows the airport to put off construction of a multi-billion dollar north terminal that the 2005 master plan called for when the airport hit passenger volumes of 25 million a year. The airport served nearly 17 million passengers in 2012.

“Our consultants have presented an option that allows us to take a measured approach to capital investment and expand incrementally as the demand dictates. It also takes advantage of the airport’s ground-breaking original design, that offered sort of a plug-and-play approach to expansion with room for new airsides attached to the main terminal,” Lopano said. “And by putting off construction of a north terminal, we’re preserving valuable land for growth far into the future.”

In October, HNTB presented concepts for a consolidated rental car facility on property at the southern edge of the airport campus, near the its entrance, and connected to the main terminal by an automated people mover. This property would also provide connections to future regional transit, providing easy access to the airport from throughout the region.

HNTB is scheduled to present the final plan as well as cost and financing strategies in March.

To see details, visit the airport’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FlyTPA, or go to www.tampaairport.com and follow links to the master plan documents.

 

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