Tampa TPA Airport Overview

Tampa International Airport TPA serves Florida's West Coast, Hillsborough County & its City of Tampa.  It has been recognized as one of the best airports in the Nation by the world in global consumer surveys and is gateway to Florida's spectacular West Coast, as well to all of Florida's many attractions. It's newest rating puts TPA at number 6 among top 10-most loved airports.
TPA Airport is a mere five miles west of downtown Tampa, situated between West Hillsborough Avenue 580, the Veterans Expwy. 589, and Route 616, and offers direct connection to the W Courtney Campbell Causeway to Clearwater, to the I-275 south to St. Petersburgh & Bradenton & Saratoga, to I-275 north connecting to I-4 West to Orlando.

With three runways and an estimated 16.8M passengers annually, Tampa International Airport is served by major domestic and international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. 

1. Digital displays with approximate waiting times at security checkpoints are located at the Main Terminal's entrance to the airside shuttles.
2. TSA Pre-check & Global Entry is now available at Tampa Airport
3. Military Personnel:  For information about the new USO Tampa Bay facility,  e-mail info@usotampabay.org or call 727-389-3278
4. Passenger pickup/dropoff: Curbside parking is now only permitted for quick passenger loading.  You can use the Short-term garage (first hour free), or the free Cell Phone Waiting Lot .
5. For Passenger Paging call 813-870-8770

The on-Airport Marriott Hotel (tel. 1-800-2289290) is connected (at the shopping arcade) on the transfer level to the landside terminal, and offers first-rate amenities and a business center. 
Tampa International Airport has a Main Terminal with 4 Airside satellites A, C, E & F - connected by the monorail.

Future Airport Developments:  The first phase of construction on the $1B Master Plan expansion is getting underway. The Main Terminal's life is to be extended by adding phased impovements within the next 20 years, including general improvements within the Airport perimeter.
    1. In early December 2014, ground transportation centers on the terminal's east side closed and crews began expansion of the Main Terminal to the east - affecting most ground transport operators. Traffic specialists are stationed at blue baggage claim curbside exit. Signage at the airport directs travelers to ground transport means.  Uniformed reps will be at hand to guide travelers.
    2. Early January 2015 construction started on level 3 of the Main Terminal's east side, with construction walls going up, and the closing of one shuttle each leading to Airsides A & C. (When completed, there will be outdoor terraces & an automated people mover station).
    3. By summer 2015, the Terminal's east side will have installed glass & metal cladding (500 glasspanels over 12K sq.ft).  Special window glass will transmit light, but keep out the heat.
    4. A  $437M contract for a new Rental Car Center and an automated people mover has been approved - tentatively to be for completed by 2017.  Passengers arriving at the baggage claim will take a 3-level escalator to the new glass-walled people mover station, & from there will board the people mover traveling south to the Economy Garage (a 3-minute ride), then continuing on to the new rental car center, stopping in front of its customer service counters.   From baggage claim to rental car center it's a 10-minute transfer.

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TPA Delays: 15 mins or less.


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