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Blue Arrivals/Departures curbsides to close nightly due to construction

August 31, 2016

Beginning Sept. 6 through early 2017, Tampa International Airport will close the blue side arrival and departure curbsides from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. for construction of the SkyConnect guideway.

This closure affects passengers on American, Delta, JetBlue and United. During this time, all pick-ups and drop-offs for those airlines will be directed to Short Term Parking. Other ground transportation options, including taxis and hotel shuttles, will not be affected.

  • Guests should park in the Short Term Parking garage and take the blue elevators to baggage claim to meet their travelers. Parking fees will be waived for drop-offs and pick-ups.
  • Crews will temporarily stop work and operations will return to normal during the Thanksgiving and winter holidays, as well as the National College Football Championship in January.
  • Drivers are asked to closely observe all posted speed limits and watch for directional signage.

The closures are necessary to ensure the safety of guests, employees and tenants while crews lift steel beams that weight up to 146,000 pounds – about the weight of a Boeing 737-700 – and pour concrete over the roadways and Airside A guideway for the people-mover connecting the new rental car center with the Main Terminal. During this process, there can be no activity underneath.

The Airport will dry-run the closures the nights of Sept. 6 and 7 and make any necessary changes to plans to ensure smooth traffic flow, as is typically done with all construction likely to impact passengers. Construction is scheduled to begin the night of Sept. 8.