Coronavirus: What you need to know
In direct response to the coronavirus pandemic, airline travel plummeted and airports across the country are confronted with empty terminals and early estimates of total losses in the $14 billion range, according to industry analysis.
But thanks to the passage of the CARES Act on March 27, help is on the way. The bill contains provision that will bring much-needed relief for airports, airlines and travel-related small business.
We've assembled a list of services and resources provided for in the CARES Act to help our small business partners and individuals impacted by COVID-19.
Tampa International Airport addresses our small business community partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tampa International Airport is actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments and is working closely with our employees, tenants and airline partners to proactively reduce the risk of COVID-19 impacting our guests or our operations.
The CDC and the Department of Health has deemed TPA to be at a “low risk” of passing or spreading the coronavirus at this time. The Airport remains open, and we are monitoring recent travel restrictions.
We are staying in contact with our partners at the Florida Department of Health and the CDC to make sure that we have the latest updates on the spread of the virus and any potential impacts to our area.
What we’re doing
We have increased cleaning and sanitation efforts, particularly in all of our high-traffic, high-touch areas and have added signage reminding travelers how to avoid the spread of germs. We are also placing additional hand sanitizers throughout the facilities to encourage use.
How you can help
Follow the CDC guidelines for protecting yourself, which include:
- Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds
- Avoid contact with people who are ill
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, do not travel. Stay home and consult your health care provider.
If you are traveling, and are concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 virus on your trip, please consult the CDC for a current list of travel advisories and useful information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
For more information on the COVID-19 virus, please consult the links below:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Florida Department of Health http://www.floridahealth.gov/
Many airlines are working with travelers who have already booked travel, or are planning travel in the coming weeks, with concerns about COVID-19. This includes waiving fees for changes to bookings, altering flight schedules and working with customers to adjust travel plans. Contact your airline for more information.
If you are traveling and have concerns or questions, please refer to the CDC Website for the most up-to-date information.
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Tampa International Airport is open and operational.
From our cleaning crews to our concessions team, we’re going to great lengths to make sure that all of our passengers, guests and tenants are safe as the world responds to COVID-19.
These efforts include distributing dozens of extra hand sanitizing stations, enhanced cleaning of high-touch areas and increased signage. Our teams are also following the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing. Check out our story on how to practice social distancing while at the airport.
Travelers and guests can expect to see several changes, including some closures and cancellations, at Tampa International Airport.
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS: The U.S. is restricting travel from the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, affecting several of TPA’s flights to the region. As always, anyone traveling or planning on traveling to the area should contact their airlines for the latest flight information. Visit our COVID-19 update for the latest.
SHOPS, RESTAURANTS AND SPAS: Due to COVID-19, the hours of our shops and restaurants may vary from the published times. TPA will have one restaurant and newsstands open at each airside until the last flight, at this time.
5K ON THE RUNWAY: Out of an abundance of caution for the health of our community, TPA has canceled this year’s 5K on the Runway on April 18. All participants have the option to receive a full refund or to convert your registration fee and receive eight raffle tickets for a chance to win airline tickets and other prizes.
TPA ALL ACCESS: The TPA All Access Airside program, which grants non-flying guests access to our post-security shops and restaurants, has been temporarily suspended. All upcoming appointments have been canceled.
USO: The Airport’s USO facility, used by traveling members of the military, has been closed until further notice.