Tampa International Airport 2012 Master Plan

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In late 2011, airport officials began the process of updating the master plan for its 3,300-acre campus. Ultimately, taking into account forecasts for passenger growth, the plan provides an outline of airport improvements and future land use to better serve passengers, airlines and other tenants as well as regional tourism, transportation and business growth for the next 20 years. The update was a collaborative effort, with significant input from our community. The final recommendations allow for a scalable approach to growth as passenger demand dictates, extending the life of the existing main terminal until the airport reaches 34.7 million annual passengers. Click here to see the Master Plan Fact Sheet.

The Main Terminal
Among other items, the master plan analyzed passenger drop-off and pick-up areas, airside capacity and movement through the transfer level where travelers access gates. The final plan calls for an expansion of the main terminal transfer level, an expansion of Airside C and the addition of Airside D to accommodate domestic and international flights, security checkpoints in the main terminal to service Airsides C and D, and an international curbside.


Rental Car Facilities and Automated People Mover
Analysis concluded that the airport’s rental car facilities will reach capacity in 2016. To facilitate continued growth, the master plan includes a consolidated rental car facility on the south part of the airport campus, near the airport entrance. This allows for expansion of rental car operations at the airport while decongesting roadways, passenger drop-off and pick-up curbsides and reclaiming 1,200 parking spaces in the airport’s long-term parking garage that currently houses rental car operations.

The rental car facility will be connected to the main terminal by a 1.3-mile automated people mover. The people mover will also take economy parking garage customers, airport employees and passengers accessing a curbside located in the consolidated rental car facility by public transportation, commercial and private vehicles, to the main terminal.

The people mover could ultimately extend off the airport campus to a multi-modal center in the West Shore Business District near Interstate 275 to connect to a regional transportation system.

Notice of Availability
Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA) prepared a Final Focused Environmental Assessment (Final EA) for the Consolidated Rental Car Facility (or CONRAC) and associated improvements within the South Terminal Support Area at Tampa International Airport. The Final EA is pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Order 1050.1E, Change 1. The results of the Final EA indicate that there would not be any significant adverse impacts associated with the Proposed Action. Per federal Executive Orders 11990 (pertaining to wetlands) and 11988 (pertaining to floodplains), public notice is hereby given that the above referenced project would be located within jurisdictional wetlands and would encroach upon the 100-year floodplain. The Final EA includes analysis of prudent or feasible alternatives, and potential environmental impacts and possible mitigation measures.

The FAA approved the Final Focused Environmental Assessment (Final EA) and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) approving projects at the Tampa International Airport on February 13, 2014. The airport is owned and operated by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA). The projects include a new airport people mover (APM), consolidated rental car facility (CONRAC), employee parking garage, and associated roadway improvements. The projects are located in the southern portion of the airport's property. The projects result in unavoidable impacts to state jurisdictional wetlands and surface waters. The projects require an Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD); a wetland permit from the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, and a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The HCAA has purchased wetland mitigation credits equal to 8.98 acres under SWFWMD Conceptual ERP 49008396.043 in the Brooker Creek Buffer Preserve.

Copies of the Final Focused EA and FONSI are available for public review at the following locations during normal business hours:

  • Administrative offices of Tampa International Airport, 4100 George J. Bean Parkway, Tampa, FL 33607 (Telephone: 813-870-7846)
  • FAA Orlando Airports District Office, 5950 Hazeltine National Drive, Orlando FL 32822 (Telephone: 407-812-6331)
You can download a copy of the Final EA by clicking here 32MB.
You can download a copy of the FONSI by clicking here



South Property
In addition to the consolidated rental car facility, land near the entrance to the airport might also be developed with such airport and passenger support uses as a hotel, office building, gas station or other services.


East Property
Located south of Hillsborough Avenue and adjacent to Tampa’s Drew Park neighborhood, this property currently holds cargo facilities, ground service equipment facilities, airport maintenance operations, several aviation-related businesses and a public compressed natural gas station. The master plan recommends developing this land with maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses, MRO support businesses, cargo facilities, product fulfillment centers, and other aviation related businesses.


Perimeter Parcels
A study of seven parcels on the perimeter of the airport campus, totaling 174.9 acres, identified six properties for potential commercial, revenue-generating development. One parcel, Area 5, located adjacent to the Dana Shores residential neighborhood, will remain designated as a scenic reserve.


North Property
Previous plans called for a new terminal on this land, which planners believed was necessary once the airport served 25 million annual passengers. The 2012 Master Plan update allows the existing facilities to accommodate 34.7 million annual passengers, preserving the north property for airport growth far into the future.


Available Master Plan Files


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