Frontier Airlines Expands Nonstop Tampa Seasonal Service

TAMPA – Today, Frontier Airlines announced that it is expanding its nonstop service to Tampa, adding three destinations in the Midwest. Beginning in December, Frontier will fly nonstop to Des Moines, Milwaukee and Omaha throughout the busy holiday travel season and winter months.

“This is great news for our northern visitors looking to escape the cold weather and enjoy some Florida sunshine,” said Joe Lopano, CEO Tampa International Airport. “This is another example of our airline partners recognizing the west coast of Florida as a year-round prime vacation destination.” 

Community Noise Alert

Notice to Tampa International Airport’s South Tampa neighbors

Effective daily from February 14th to the 18th the West parallel runway 1L-19R will be closed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5  p.m. to complete work associated with the asphalt rehabilitation that took place under the Runway Redesignation Project. Sealant applied to the runway shoulders required 20 days to cure. Now that the sealant has cured, the shoulder markings can be repainted.

Community Noise Alert – Runway Closure

TAMPA – On Monday, April 11th and Tuesday, April 12th the west parallel runway at Tampa International Airport will be closed due to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Inspection Team evaluation and inspection of all their instrument navigational equipment. 

On the above closure days, all jet traffic will be using the east parallel runway (Runways 1R/19L). Residential communities to the immediate north and south of the Airport may notice an increase in noise between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

Community Noise Alert

Notice to the Tampa Bay community of South and Northwest Tampa

As of January 3, 2011, Tampa International Airport’s west parallel Runway 36L-18R has been closed for renumbering and is not scheduled to reopen until January 13, 2011. This work is associated with the Runway Re-designation Project that will change all the existing numbers on all three runways. The west parallel runway will be Runway 1L-19R on January 13, 2011. 

Aviation Authority Welcomes New Board Member and Announces Reorganization

TAMPA – State of Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed Robert I. Watkins to the Aviation Authority to serve on the five-member board at Tampa International Airport. He succeeds chairman Alfred S. Austin, Austin Companies, who has been on the Airport board for 12 years.

“We are honored to have Mr. Watkins appointed to the Airport’s board of directors. His experience and ties in the Tampa Bay community will be a tremendous asset for us all,” stated Joe Lopano, CEO, Tampa International Airport.

Aviation Authority Hires Vice President of Finance

Internal Reorganization Strategy Now in Place

TAMPA -- Today Aviation Authority CEO, Joe Lopano, announced the last addition to his core leadership team: Koni Cassini will serve as Vice President of Finance, Administration and Procurement. In addition, Elita McMillon has been promoted from Manager to Director of Ethics, Compliance, and Diversity and will assume responsibility for the Minority and Disadvantaged Business section reporting to Cassini. 

Approval of $105 million Revolving Credit Agreement between SunTrust and Tampa International Airport

TAMPA – Tampa International Airport board of directors announce the approval of an agreement with SunTrust Bank for a revolving credit agreement. The Authority initially will utilize the credit agreement to refinance $85.2 million outstanding under its commercial paper program. 

The negotiated terms of the agreement include a seven year term, variable rate interest and a provision that provides the Authority the ability to convert to a fixed rate of interest in the future. The variable rate of interest is estimated at 1.2 percent under current market conditions. 

AirTran is Holding a Seat for You

Aboard its New Nonstop San Juan Flight

TAMPA – AirTran Airways and Tampa International Airport are celebrating again! On March 10th, 2011, AirTran celebrated its new daily nonstop jet flights to Key West and the celebration continues today with the airline’s inaugural flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico - the Island of Enchantment. With twice daily nonstop service between Tampa International Airport and San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, it has never been easier to plan an island getaway or a visit to catch up with family and friends. 

Airport’s Lost and Found Property Up for Auction

A diamond ring, David Yurman bracelet, Chanel sunglasses, Mont Blanc pen and American Indian head ring are among the items abandoned at Tampa International Airport now up for auction at

The auction runs until Nov. 14, with bids on items closing between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

“They’re items lost and abandoned on airport property,” said Mitchell Thrower, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority’s Deputy Director of Administration.

Airport Welcomes New HR Director

Previous Hillsborough County HR director George Williams

TAMPA – The Aviation Authority selected George A. Williams, previous Human Resources Director of Hillsborough County, to operate and oversee the Airport’s HR needs of 573 employees. 

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