Airport Board Appoints Wheat as Interim Executive Director

Tampa – At its monthly board meeting, the Tampa International Airport board of directors voted unanimously to accept the 14-year executive director Louis E. Miller’s resignation and appoint deputy executive director John Wheat as his interim replacement effective March 5. 

The Aviation Authority Welcomes New Board Members and Announces Reorganization

TAMPA – State of Florida Governor Charlie Crist has appointed attorney Steven G. Burton and surgeon Dr. Joseph F. Diaco to the Aviation Authority to serve on the five-member board at Tampa International Airport. 

Both Burton and Diaco will serve terms that began July 15 and will end July 1, 2013. Burton is an attorney with Broad and Cassel Attorneys at Law and Diaco is a retired surgeon. 

Tampa International Airport Recipient of the First ACC Excellence in Procurement Award

Washington, DC – Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Florida became the first ever recipient of the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) Excellence in Procurement Award. The Award was presented at the 2009 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium in Denver, Colorado during a luncheon on February 26, 2009. The Award recognizes an airport or airport sponsor that demonstrates excellence in procurement and contracting practices. 

Tampa International Airport Ready to “Get to Work” with Stimulus Funds

Tampa, FL – On Friday, March 20, Airport officials were informed by U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (Florida’s 11th Congressional District) that Tampa International will receive 8 million dollars in airport improvement funds, a part of the $787 billion federal stimulus package known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funds provide for a portion of the $52 million required for the “Taxiway B Reconstruction and Bridge” project.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Completion of Air Cargo Road

Media Alert

WHO: The City of Tampa and the Tampa International Airport are ready to open the new Air Cargo Road to public access. The new tree lined, four-lane divided road will serve as the primary north-south access for the Airport’s east side development area. The 1.4 mile Cargo Road extension connects Ohio Avenue to Hillsborough Avenue. 

New Nonstop Service to TPA & JAX Airports

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport today announced that Continental Airlines will begin nonstop service to Tampa (TPA) and Jacksonville (JAX), FL, beginning June 1, 2009. Service will begin by operating three days a week in each market. Flights are supported by Grand Casino Biloxi and IP Casino Resort but seats are also available to the general public and on sale now. 

John F. Kennedy International Airport Wins Overall Griesbach Award of Excellence in 2009 ACI-NA Concessions Contest

19 Airport Concession Awards Presented

INDIANAPOLIS — Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) today recognized John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 5 – JetBlue Airways as the Richard A. Griesbach Award of Excellence winner in the 2009 Airport Concessions Contest. John Cugasi, Director of Concessions and Retail, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, was also recognized as ACI-NA’s Concessions “Person of the Year.”

FIERO Merit Award for Tampa Airport Aircraft and Firefighting Facility to be Presented to Tampa International Airport and City of Tampa

Tampa – PBS&J’s architecture division recently received a 2008 merit award for the new construction design of Tampa International Airport’s (TPA) Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Facility (ARFF). The award was presented by the Fire Industry Equipment Research Organization (FIERO), and selection for the award was based on various aspects of planning and design including site plan, floor plan(s), and architectural image.

AirTran Airways Returns Scheduled Service to Gulfport/Biloxi, Miss.

Low Cost Carrier Adds Flights to Atlanta and Tampa

ORLANDO, Fla. – AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced plans to resume scheduled service from Gulfport/Biloxi, Miss., to the carrier's hub in Atlanta and add new service from Gulfport/Biloxi to Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. 

This service will begin on Friday, January 8, 2010, and will replace existing charter service to Atlanta. Flights to Atlanta and Tampa/St. Petersburg will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with the airline's Wi-Fi equipped, Boeing 717. 

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