2017: Major construction progress, new air service on the horizon
(January 5, 2017) After a busy 2016 filled with rapid construction progress and major air service announcements, Tampa International Airport is poised to see a year of even more growth and transformation.
It starts quickly.
In mid-January, TPA will install the final beam connecting the new rental car center to the people mover – a major construction milestone that signifies the completion of much of the heavy lifting on the project. In the first half of the year, the new SkyConnect trains will be delivered from Japan. Later in the year, crews will finish construction on the four train stations.
As construction progresses outside the Main Terminal and airsides, crews will be working inside to bring in new shops and restaurants and to create a more open and modern aesthetic. The Airport expects to open more than 40 new shops and restaurants in 2017, including new open markets – known as marches – in Airside F and Airside C. All four outdoor terraces will also be open.
Meanwhile, there are a host of new routes coming to Tampa International Airport in 2017, headlined by the start of nonstop service between Tampa and San Francisco on Feb. 16. Around that same time, both Spirit and Delta will add new service to Boston.
Later this summer, TPA’s largest carrier, Southwest, is adding two new, daily nonstop service to LaGuardia Airport. These new air service developments come as TPA pursues numerous new domestic and international destinations, including cities in South America, Europe and the West Coast.