TPA prepares for record spring break travel period

(February 28, 2018) Tampa International Airport expects its busiest spring break on record with an estimated 3.1 million passengers traveling through the airport, a 7.1 percent increase compared to last year’s spring break. TPA’s spring break travel period officially begins Friday, March 2, and runs through Monday, April 16. Southwest Airlines lined up for departure

TPA welcomes new explosive detection K9

(February 28, 2018) Tampa International Airport has a new tool in the fight to keep us safe: Anya, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois with a set of skills unlike any other at the Airport. K9 Anya

Anya is specially trained in explosive detection and explosive odor pursuit and came to TPA on Feb. 13 as part of the new Explosive Detection Interdiction Canine program.

Icelandair announces it will increase its successful nonstop service between Tampa and Reykjavik

(February 22, 2018) Icelandair announced Thursday that the airline is increasing its nonstop Tampa-Reykjavik service from twice a week to four times weekly beginning in September 2018. The route, which launched at Tampa International Airport in September 2017, is expected to be a popular draw for Tampa Bay area travelers looking to visit Europe as well as adding to the increasing number of international visitors to the region. AB aircraft

Tampa International Airport celebrates opening of new Sheltair general aviation hangar

(February 21, 2018) Tampa International Airport joined Sheltair Aviation Feb. 21 to celebrate the grand opening of its newest corporate hangar complex at TPA. The new addition gives Sheltair, one of the nation’s leading fixed-base operators, the capacity to handle newer larger-cabin jets and the ability to meet the region’s growing general aviation needs. Sheltair-

SkyConnect, Rental Car Center are open for business!

(February 15, 2018) Eduardo Garrido hopped off the SkyConnect at the Main Terminal station, luggage and family behind him, and immediately spotted a large bouquet of red roses. SkyConnect roses

In one swift motion, he plucked a long stem roses out of the basket and smoothly handed it to his wife with a smile and a kiss.

“Happy Valentine’s Day,” he said.

He then gave a rose to each of his four daughters.

Employee Spotlight - Juan Barcia

(February 15, 2018)  When Juan Barcia was young, he envisioned himself working as a film director. He graduated from high school in 1991, only to find out that the options available to him in his native Cuba were slim. Juan Barcia

After this disappointment, Juan decided to go with his second choice – books.

Southwest Airlines to launch daily nonstop service between Tampa International Airport and LAX

(February 15, 2018)  Southwest Airlines announced today that it will begin daily nonstop service between Tampa and Los Angeles beginning Aug. 7. The new route will be the third airline at TPA to offer nonstop service to the popular West Coast hub, adding to Delta Air Lines’ existing service to LAX and Spirit Airlines’ service beginning April 12. SWA departing

SkyConnect Frequently Asked Questions


What is the SkyConnect?
   The SkyConnect is Tampa International Airport’s new people-mover. It connects the Main Terminal to the Economy Garage and the new Rental Car Center.

How long does it take to get between the Main Terminal and the Rental Car Center?
   Less than five minutes, and that includes the stop time at the Economy Garage

Tampa International dedicates SkyConnect, new Rental Car Center

(February 8, 2018) Surrounded by hundreds of members of the team who made the day possible, Tampa International Airport officials joined Gov. Rick Scott and local dignitaries on Feb. 7 to dedicate the Airport’s new SkyConnect people-mover system and Rental Car Center. SkyConnect Ribbon Cutting

Both open to the public on Feb. 14. With these elements complete, Phase 1 is coming to a close.

Employee Spotlight - Tonya Haigler

(February 8, 2018) Last month, Airport Dispatcher Tonya Haigler noticed one of the video screens in the Airport Operations Center had the weather forecast on a local news station. Temperatures were dropping to near-freezing levels. Tonya Haigler

She thought of people she saw from time to time sleeping on benches and behind buildings on her drive to and from work. Then she thought about a stash of blankets at her church.

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