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Tampa Int’l Airport Approved For New Passenger Terminal

by SharonKurheg

The aviation authority that governs Tampa International Airport (TPA) has cleared the way to begin construction on a fifth passenger terminal at the Florida airport.

The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority’s board of directors approved an operating budget that includes funding to start construction on the new $787.4 million terminal. Construction will begin in 2024 and is hoped to be completed by 2027.

The terminal, which will enable the airport to serve an additional 13 million TPA passengers by 2037, will be known as Airside D. It will have 16 gates, bringing the total number of the airport’s gates to 72. “The building will be about 563,000 square feet with vast concessions space, an outdoor terrace, state-of-the-art customs and security facilities, as well as new screening, gate check-in and bag processing technologies,” TPA said in a statement.

PC: TPA

Construction had originally been planned to start in 2021 before the Covid pandemic delayed the project.

As per TPA, the new terminal will be financed via “a mix of federal and state grants and airport-issued bonds.” They also said that Airside D construction would be the final phase of TPA’s Master Plan for expansion. The Master Plan was approved in 2013.

“Airside D will help us continue our tradition of staying ahead of trends and our region’s growth,” said TPA CEO Joe Lopano. “Our new terminal’s bright, open spaces will feature the latest in technology and convenience for our passengers and will deliver the 5-star travel experience for which TPA is known.”

Feature Photo: TPA

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