Tampa International Airport had its busiest March and April in airport history, beating its previous record from 2007 by more than 50,000 passengers in the two months combined. In March, Tampa International Airport’s busiest month, TPA served 1,979,244 passengers, and in April, the airport served 1,799,519 passengers, bringing the two-month total to nearly 3.8 million passengers.
TPA’s traffic peaked in 2007 with 3,726,183 passengers in March and April and a record 19.3 million passengers for the year before passenger numbers decreased during the economic recession. Since 2010, TPA has seen passenger numbers increase year after year, and that traffic has now grown by nearly 14 percent between 2010 and 2016.
The airport is seeing signs that it could have a record year in 2017, beating the 2007 passenger numbers. This is in part due to new domestic routes added by existing airlines, as well as the growth of international service, which has seen a more than 100 percent increase in passengers between 2010 and 2016.
The growth comes at a time when TPA is currently undergoing a $1 billion historic expansion and planning a second phase of construction next year that will expand curbsides and develop its property to the south, adding a hotel, gas station and other amenities and creating connections to regional trails. Even during this heavy construction period, the airport has maintained high customer satisfaction ratings, recently ranking No. 1 among North American airports of its size in the Airport Service Quality Awards by Airports Council International.