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 govdeals.com

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. 

Airport Website Goes Mobile

TAMPA – Today, Tampa International Airport is pleased to announce that its website is now as mobile as its customers. TampaAirport.com has been a one-stop location for airport information; the new mobile site is a handy travel version specifically designed for today’s smartphone users looking for no-nonsense information at their fingertips. 

Airport customers with smartphones can log onto TampaAirport.com and will immediately be redirected to the mobile site. The mobile site includes all of the most requested information from the website including: 

Airport Staff Meets with Disability Advocates to Discuss Terminal Modernization Project

Community members interested in discussing disability accessibility issues met with Tampa International Airport staff on Friday, November 4th, to learn about the upcoming Main Terminal Modernization Project. 

The conversation covered everything from flooring surfaces and signage, to furniture selection and parking spaces. 

“I was really excited to be involved in this project,” said Barbara Page of Disability Rights Florida. “It was more than just a meeting to hear about their plans. It was an opportunity for people with disabilities to be part of the stakeholders.”

Airport Reveals New Design

For Ticketing and Bag Claim Curbsides

TAMPA – Tampa International Airport is modernizing its Ticketing and Baggage Claim curbsides and drives. Last year, the Aviation Authority hired Alfonso Architects to create a new modern design concept for its 40-year-old exterior curbsides. The design is now complete and the $11.6 million project is ready for construction. 

Airport Redesign Process Hits the Fast Track

Aviation Authority asks, “What do you think?”

Tampa, FL (September 12, 2011) – At the July Board Meeting of the Aviation Authority, Tampa International Airport awarded the Main Terminal Modernization contract to global design specialists Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK). Once interior design plans are completed, the final design manual will be passed along to Hardin Construction Company, who was awarded the contract for the $30 million modernization plan in August.

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