Tampa International Airport prepares for another increase in spring break travelers

March 2, 2016

More than 2.5 million passengers are expected to travel through Tampa International Airport during the busy spring break season that begins March 4 and continues through Monday April 11. That's a 3 percent increase over the same period last year and a nearly 15 percent increase compared to 2010.

“Our spring break numbers reflect the overall passenger growth we’ve been seeing over the past five years, which includes a 15.7 percent increase in international passengers from 2014 to 2015,” Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano said. “This kind of growth benefits not only our airport, but our entire region.”

The airport anticipates serving 19.5 million passengers this fiscal year, which would set a record for Tampa International.

The surge comes at a time when Tampa International Airport is experiencing its heaviest year of construction since it was built in 1971.

“Even as we’re approaching record passenger numbers and undergoing multiple construction projects, Tampa International Airport remains committed to providing a positive experience for all of our guests,” said John Tiliacos, Vice President of Operations and Customer Service. “We’re working together with TSA, our contractors and other partners to ensure the spring break travel experience meets the standards our passengers have come to expect from us.”

To keep up with the spring break surge, Tampa International Airport has put a strong focus on maintaining efficient flow at security checkpoints and curbside pickup and drop-off areas, keeping the restrooms and facilities clean and other key areas.

Passengers traveling through Tampa International Airport during the busiest times of the year should remember the following tips:

  • All parking garages are open, including the highly convenient Short Term Garage, which is free for under one hour.
  • To avoid circulating the arrival curbsides, use the Cell Phone Lot, which has free Wi-Fi and restrooms.
  • Always double-check with your airline prior to coming to the airport to make sure your flight is departing on time.
  • Allow yourself at least 90 minutes until boarding time to check baggage and pass through security checkpoints. Those flying internationally should allow three hours until boarding time.

For information about departing and arriving flights, parking, construction updates and more, visit www.tampaairport.com.

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