Employee Spotlight - Amy Flack

(July 19, 2017) As Amy Flack was looking forward to beginning her job at Tampa International Airport in 2014, an acquaintance who already worked at the airport told her: “Don’t worry about lunch on your first day. I’ll treat you.” Amy Flack

Amy ended up dining on turkey and stuffing with gravy, beans and pumpkin pie with hundreds of other Aviation Authority employees at the annual service awards luncheon.

Airside managers focus on customer service and safety

(July 5, 2017) Chris Giokas steps out onto the guideway to Airside E, surveying everything around him, eyes peeled for anything out of order. Chris Giokas - Airside E

“Like this,” he says, gesturing to a screw protruding from a temporary railing. “That’s a potential safety issue. It’s my job to see things like this and get them addressed before they become a bigger problem.”

Employee Spotlight - MaryEllen Lee

(July 5, 2017) Growing up in Tampa with her parents and eight siblings, MaryEllen Lee dreamed of one day being a flight attendant. But there were stringent requirements for stewardesses at the time and she was too short to make the cut. MaryEllen Lee

Employee Spotlight - Gail McCluskey

(June 22, 2017) As a teenager growing up in Toledo, Ohio, Gail McCluskey overheard a friend talking about her vacations in Florida and thought it sounded interesting. Just before turning 18, she packed up a few belongings, walked out the door with $32 in her pocket and hitchhiked her way down to the Sunshine State. Gail McCluskey

Employee Spotlight - Zydrunas “Z” Rackauskas

(June 1, 2017) Raised in Lithuania by his mother and grandmother, Zydrunas Rackauskas – who goes by Z – had a competitive spirit and a drive to see the world beyond his small country. He began playing basketball at age 8, and ten years later after finishing high school, the 6-foot-5 young man was faced with two choices in Lithuania: college studies or professional basketball. Z Rackauskas

Employee Spotlight - Lisa Assetta

(May 18, 2017) As a young, single mother of a 4-year-old daughter with only some college studies behind her and a little work experience, Lisa Assetta was on her own and desperate for a job. She heard about a secretary position at a water softener company in the small town of Ashland, Ohio, and finagled her way into an interview, where she had to practically beg for the chance to prove herself. Lisa Assetta

Tampa International Airport logs its busiest spring break in airport history

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.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker named the 2017 Tony Jannus Award recipient

(May 9, 2017) The Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society and Tampa International Airport announced last week American Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker as the recipient of the 2016 Tony Jannus Award. The Society and TPA representatives made the announcement May 9 at a press conference held at Tampa International Airport. Jeannie Driscoll AA

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