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Welcome to the official online newsroom of Tampa International Airport. The newsroom is operated by the Aviation Authority’s Communications Department. All requests for public information, media interviews, filming projects and commercial photography should be directed to this office. When breaking news occurs, this site will be updated with the latest news and information whenever possible.



Tampa International Airport unveils new Automated Passport Control Kiosks
Customs processing just got a lot easier for international passengers arriving at Tampa International Airport, CEO Joe Lopano announced Monday. (08/21/2014)


Hundreds attend Tampa International Airport’s Subcontractor Outreach Fair
On the afternoon of June 26, Tampa International Airport held its largest Subcontractor Outreach Fair, designed to connect subcontractor businesses – particularly those that are local, minority-owned or women-owned – with the airport’s selected design/build firms for upcoming Master Plan first phase project construction. (06/30/2014)


Inaugural Seattle flight welcomed with celebrations and fanfare
Alaska Airlines landed the first daily nonstop flight at Tampa International Airport on Friday, June 20, and departed later that day with celebrations complete with cake, Starbucks coffee and dancing flamingoes. (06/26/2014)


Tampa International Airport plans Master Plan Subcontractor Outreach
Tampa International Airport will host an Airport Master Plan Subcontractor Outreach and Opportunities Fair on June 26 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the airport Marriott Hotel. The event is intended to encourage networking with design/build contractors hired to work on airport master plan projects and potential subcontractors. (06/05/2014)


Copa Airlines CEO Pedro Heilbron named the 2014 Tony Jannus Award recipient
Copa Airlines CEO Pedro Heilbron was announced as this year’s Tony Jannus Award recipient at a press conference held at Tampa International Airport’s newly refurbished Tony Jannus exhibit on May 21. . Heilbron will be presented the award at a dinner banquet held in his honor on October 30, 2014. (05/23/2014)


Tampa Airport sees strong revenue growth during the first half of the fiscal year
Tampa International Airport is seeing strong revenue growth during the first half of the fiscal year with total revenues exceeding the $99 million mark, an increase of 2.8 percent over the first half of the previous fiscal year. (05/08/2014)


Mass Casualty Exercise prepares community for airport emergency
On April 17, Tampa International Airport conducted its triennial Emergency Response Exercise. This is an important event for the airport, required by the FAA, to ensure that the airport is prepared in the event of a large scale disaster. (04/25/2014)


IIFA Awards put Tampa back in the global spotlight
The International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) have come and gone, but the effects on the Tampa Bay area continue. The world watched as the elite celebrities of Indian cinema, also known as Bollywood, arrived in the Bay area– and what they saw was Tampa International Airport. (04/30/2014)


Tampa Airport releases first look at new concessions packages
Tampa International Airport announced its redeveloped concessions program will allow vendors to bid on 13 different food and beverage, retail, service and duty-free packages. The packages were outlined at the April board meeting of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. (04/11/2014)


Signs of progress at the GA airports
The General Aviation department recently completed a comprehensive renaming and signage project for all of the hangars and facilities at the Aviation Authority’s GA airports: Tampa Executive Airport, Peter O. Knight Airport and Plant City Airport. (04/11/2014)


Architect who helped build original Tampa International Airport watches vision continue
It was sometime during the mid-1970s, shortly after midnight, and Gus Paras had just stepped off a plane in Washington, D.C. and hopped on a transfer trolley. He overheard a conversation between two military personnel sitting nearby and one of them asked if the other had ever been through Tampa. (03/27/2014)


Governor announces funding for TPA expansion project
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on March 5 hosted a news conference at Tampa International Airport to announce $194 million in state funding for the Tampa Gateway Center, the airport’s flagship project of the 2012 Master Plan. (03/13/2014)


TPA wins back-to-back honors for Marketing and Customer Service
Tampa International Airport was named the Overall Winner of the 2014 Routes Awards, taking first place over all airports in the entire Americas region for its marketing efforts.(02/27/2013)


Alaska Airlines bridges the west coast with the west coast beginning in June
Flannel shirts, grunge music and Starbucks coffee set the mood in the airport terminal on Feb. 11 for the announcement of new nonstop service between Tampa and Seattle on Alaska Airlines beginning June 20.(02/13/2013)


Airport Shops Have Something For Everyone
Some last minute holiday shopping to do and you're at the airport? Lucky you! Tampa International Airport has something for everyone and we're ready to help you. Check out the 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.(12/20/2013)


Sustainability Priorities Established for Tampa International Airport
Based on information gathered during a series of online surveys and interactive workshops, Tampa International Airport has identified seven priorities for creating a Sustainability Master Plan.(12/04/2013)


Tampa International Airport begins search for new mix of shops, restaurants
From sushi to spas to sports bars – the possibilities are creating a buzz as Tampa International Airport announced the launch of its Airport Concessions Redevelopment Program. (10/08/2013)


TPA seeks public input on Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation goal for 2014-16'
The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority has proposed an overall goal of 12.4% for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation in federally funded construction projects for the next three years. The goal is intended to guarantee opportunities for minority and women participation in such projects. Those interested in learning more are invited to attend an informational meeting Oct. 9 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Authority Board Room located in the main terminal’s 3rd level blue side. (10/04/2013)


Copa Airlines CEO, Panama officials get warm welcome at TPA's 'Copa Day'
The day began with a Columbia Café breakfast and a spirited Latin town hall with local Hispanic business and tourism leaders. It ended with a lively luncheon and interviews with local newspapers before a farewell with Tampa Bay Rays jerseys and cigars tucked under arms. By the time Copa Airlines CEO Pedro Heilbron and Panam's Vice Minister of Tourism Ernesto “Tito” Orillac left TPA on their afternoon flight on Sept. 12, they had an entirely new impression of the Tampa Bay area. (09/20/2013)


A new “bowl game” comes to Tampa International Airport
We’re taking Pride in our Potties! One of America’s Best Restrooms is at Tampa International Airport according to Cintas Corporation. The 20 newly-renovated restrooms in the airport’s main terminal are finalists in Cintas’ 12th annual America’s Best Restroom Contest. Show support for your hometown airport by casting your vote for TPA’s bathrooms online now through October 31 at www.bestrestroom.com. (09/06/2013)


Sustainability Visioning Sessions Bring a Range of Ideas to TPA
Support regional public transit. Use available roof surfaces to collect solar energy. Increase incentives to retain our airport workforce. Make the airport a more popular destination for community events. These were a few of the many suggestions to come out of the Sustainability Master Plan visioning sessions, held in late July. Tampa International Airport held workshops for the public, for tenants and for Aviation Authority staff in the hopes of learning more about what issues matter to each group. (08/21/2013)


Airport Fleet Plugged Into The Latest Technology
Tampa International Airport is adding a new vehicle to its fleet of staff cars – and this one comes with a plug. As of August 1, a 2013 Chevy Volt is the latest addition to the airport’s fleet, replacing the 1995 Buick Regal known as Staff 4. (08/08/2013)


Volunteer Ambassadors Celebrate Successful First Year Of Helping Visitors
Gretchen and Jack Fiery were nearing the end of their four-and-a-half hour shift at their Tampa International Airport information booth and they had already helped 104 passengers for the day. A mother who needed a ride for her and her child, a woman who couldn’t find her baggage carousel, a man asking about a hotel shuttle – all were cheerfully pointed in the right directions by the friendly married couple. (07/24/2013)


TPA Asks For Help In Shaping Its Sustainable Vision
Alternative fuels, reclaimed water, electric car charging stations and in-flight recycling. These are just a few of the sustainability programs Tampa International Airport and its partners have in place already. But is there more can we do? (07/24/2013)


Nonstop International Flights Spark Excitement In Tampa Bay Area
It was nonstop good news about nonstop flights overseas from Tampa International Airport last week. First, CEO Joe Lopano announced Wednesday that Copa Airlines would be flying nonstop four times a week from Tampa to Panama City, beginning Dec. 17. Two days later, Edelweiss Air announced it would be expanding its nonstop flights to Zurich next year, flying twice a week from March until October. (07/23/2013)


TPA To Welcome Hundreds Of Arriving Athletes For The National Veterans Wheelchair Games
Tampa International Airport has been the welcoming hub for countless visiting sports teams and athletes over the years. It has also mastered the art of accessibility for passengers with special needs and disabilities as they arrive into Tampa to navigate an unfamiliar airport. (07/09/2013)


Global Entry Center opens at Tampa International Airport
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has opened a Global Entry enrollment center at Tampa International Airport, making international travel to and from more convenient than ever. (06/06/2013)


Tampa International Airport celebrates Cuba Month
Tampa International Airport invites everyone to celebrate Cuban culture and learn more about travel opportunities to the island nation from Tampa during Cuba Month.
Every Friday in June, the airport is hosting events featuring live music, food tastings, and cultural activities celebrating Cuba. (06/06/2013)


Tampa Airport’s business networking event helps companies make connections
Representatives from 80 businesses, many from the Tampa Bay area, attended a business networking event at the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority earlier this month to learn more about upcoming construction projects, learn more about the airport’s procurement process and become familiar with departments that frequently purchase goods and services. (05/23/2013)


Technology enhancements at TPA improve travelers’ experience
Gate displays that show the location of arriving airplanes while they are in-flight and wi-fi upgrades are the latest technology improvements at Tampa International Airport that aim to provide the best passenger experience. (05/23/2013)


Tampa International Airport’s inaugural 5K is a big success
On a sunny Saturday morning, more than 800 people turned out for Tampa International Airport’s inaugural 5K Runway Fun Run on April 27. Thanks to run registrations and participation in airline ticket raffles, the event raised more than $31,000 for United Way Suncoast. (05/08/2013)


Airport 2012 Master Plan Update offers measured approach to growth
A consolidated rental car facility connected by a people mover to the main terminal, links to regional transportation networks, a new international terminal and a security screening checkpoint in the main terminal are some highlights of Tampa International Airport’s 2012 Master Plan Update. (04/09/2013)


Tampa Airport USO Center hosts first medal ceremony
The USO Center at Tampa International Airport hosted a medal ceremony on Tuesday, April 2, for former Army Sergeant Ralph Morgan who received the Silver Star that he was originally approved for over 42 years ago following a battle in Vietnam. The ceremony was the first for the airport’s USO Center that opened in September 2012. (04/09/2013)




Volunteer Ambassador Program reaches milestone
Where do I go to rent a car? What's the best way for me to get to the beach? Are there any hotels close to Busch Gardens? These are the types of questions passengers pose to Volunteer Ambassadors who staff Tampa International Airport's Visitor Information Centers. The program reached a milestone in February, when volunteers assisted the 100,000th passenger and tallied 112,000 questions answered.
(03/06/2013)


Airport’s CNG station provides fuel to new City of Tampa initiative
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn rolled out the first of the city’s new compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste vehicles Feb. 12 at Tampa International Airport’s CNG station.
(02/20/2013)


New TSA program improves customer service
A new screening procedure at Tampa International Airport is getting passengers through security to their departure gates with increased efficiency and ease.
(02/20/2013)






02/06/2013 Ready for a ride on the shuttle Zip-Trip?
01/18/2013 Bidders find forgotten treasures at Tampa Airport's online auction
01/16/2013 USF officials tour TPA and discuss global connection
12/17/2012 Tampa Airport offers convenient choices for meeting arrivals
12/17/2012 Airport receives public input on Master Plan proposal
12/04/2012 Tampa International Airport concessions collect more awards
11/06/2012 Tampa Airport’s Main Terminal Modernization project begins next phases
10/16/2012 End-of-year budget numbers show bottom line improvement
10/15/2012 Airport’s Inaugural Friday Flight a swinging success
10/15/2012 Tampa Airport unveils Master Plan
10/01/2012 Tampa Airport kicks off Friday Flight entertainment series
10/01/2012 Rays manager Joe Maddon is the new voice for airport shuttles
09/18/2012 Airside F project taking shape
09/18/2012 USO Center opening draws a crowd
09/04/2012 Columbia Café at Airside E gets some Fox News love
08/21/2012 New currency exchange open for international passengers
08/21/2012 TPA all dressed up for the RNC
08/21/2012 TPA’s Main Terminal Modernization project improvements already getting good reviews from customers
08/21/2012 Tampa Airport CEO unveils “Growth Trajectory” budget
08/07/2012 Airport Police Chief completes term as Florida Association President
08/07/2012 German American Chamber chooses Tampa for new headquarters
07/17/2012 TPA welcomes Volunteer Ambassadors
07/03/2012 TPA welcomes Embry-Riddle intern
06/19/2012 Cole’s is a piece of history
06/19/2012 Tampa Airport Police Department uses new technology to patrol
06/05/2012 Local flavor comes to the airport
06/04/2012 Tampa Airport welcomes Edelweiss Air
06/01/2012 TPA announces new Vice President of Operations
05/18/2012 Airport Rallies for Tourism
05/18/2012 US Airways mechanic celebrates milestone
05/18/2012 TPA Officer of the Year: Jason Thomas
05/10/2012 Collecting a piece of airport history
05/03/2012 May proclaimed Swiss Month at Tampa International Airport
03/15/2012 Florida Governor Rick Scott Enjoys Work Day at TPA
03/15/2012 Tampa Airport hosts Network USA 2012
03/12/2012 TIA opens compressed natural gas station
03/08/2012 Tampa airport to test security checkpoint wait time displays

Employee Spotlight
Brenda Perez

During one of her first days on the job 15 years ago, front-office Senior Receptionist Brenda Perez received a call from someone wanting to know how much rain Tampa International Airport received from a passing thunderstorm. “Am I supposed to know this?” Brenda thought. (09/04/2014)(read more)


Contact Information

Janet Zink
Asst. VP of Media and Government Relations
Office: (813) 554-1460
JZink@TampaAirport.com


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Main Line: (813) 870-8752


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