(October 15, 2015) Tampa International Airport served nearly 18.5 million passengers in Fiscal Year 2015 – the highest since 2008.
The passenger total represents a 6.7 percent increase over the previous year when the airport served roughly 17.3 million passengers.
This is the fifth year in a row the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority has seen year-over-year growth rates. It is also the largest year-over-year passenger growth rate at TPA in a decade.
Growth in both domestic and international markets contributed to this year’s strong performance, with the airport seeing a 14.9 percent jump in international passenger numbers and a 6.4 percent jump domestically.
The airport served 684,799 international passengers. Tampa International Airport has now seen a 73 percent growth in international passenger traffic since 2010.
“This has been an exciting year for Tampa International Airport and the Tampa Bay community as we’ve worked together to make this one of the best years in airport history,” said airport CEO Joe Lopano. “The tremendous growth speaks volumes to what we can accomplish when we work as a team. The support of our Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Board, our community partners, our new and existing airlines and our local government leaders has been critical to Tampa International Airport’s success in 2015.”
Some of the key contributing factors to FY2015’s overall passenger growth:
- Passenger traffic with Frontier Airlines surged by 220,000 passengers with new daily service to Cleveland, Chicago and Philadelphia, and increased service to Denver.
- Alaska Airlines’ service to Seattle completed its first full year, handling more than 113,000 passengers.
- Southwest Airlines added two daily nonstop flights to Dallas-Love Field and Washington Reagan, and Delta increased service to Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles. Spirit saw passenger growth of nearly 27 percent.
- Lufthansa started five-day-a-week service to Frankfurt.
- Edelweiss saw a traffic increase of nearly 40 percent during Fiscal Year 2015 with the addition of a third weekly flight to Zurich.
- Air Canada passenger traffic increased by 18.5 percent with more service to Toronto.
- Travel to Cuba and on Copa Airlines were both up double digits versus FY2014.