18:06 PM

Nursing rooms, water bottle stations and pet relief, oh my

Water bottle filling stations, nursing rooms and service animal relief areas are coming to Tampa International Airport.

On Thursday, the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority approved the addition of the three frequently requested upgrades throughout the Airport.

“I’m thrilled we will be able to provide these services for our guests," said Executive Vice President of Operations and Customer Service. "Tampa International Airport has long been known for providing an outstanding guest experience and these new amenities build on that legacy of putting our passengers first."

Each of the airsides – A, C, E, and F – will get service animal relief area and two water bottle fill stations. Airside A, C and E will get nursing rooms - with plans calling for Airside C to receive the amenity during a future restroom renovation. The Main Terminal will see an additional nursing room and four service animal relief areas.

The project, included in TPA’s capital budget, will begin later this month and is expected to be completed in July.

The mother’s nursing rooms will feature comfortable seating, baby-changing station, sink, power and a trash receptacle, and are designed to be a comfortable, relaxing space.

The service animal relief areas will be located just outside each airsides on elevated decks. The facilities include artificial turf – complete with a drainage system – for service animals to relieve themselves. A hose station, sink and trash cans will be located nearby.

Finally, the water bottle filling stations will replace the two existing drinking fountains on each airside, providing convenient water for all guests regardless of airline.