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Red side rental car garage to be demolished

The structure will come down to make room for future construction to accommodate TPA's growth.

Master Plan Phase 2 is taking off across Tampa International Airport’s campus.

To the south, the SkyCenter atrium is going vertical with new steel columns and beams going in every day. The Main Terminal’s express curbsides are underway. To the north, excavating has begun for the future Taxiway A Bridge.

And soon, we will see one of the more notable construction elements of the project: the final demolition of the old Red Side Rental Car Garage.

At 2 a.m. on Aug. 20, the remaining elements of the building will be demolished, completing a months-long process to remove the old structure. This milestone marks the culmination of thousands of hours of careful planning by the Airport team, TPA’s tenants and contractors.

To ensure the safe implosion of the garage, TPA will close to all guests, tenants and employees between 1 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 20. All inbound traffic will be blocked and any unauthorized individuals on site during this time may be trespassed.

The demolition of the old rental car garage is a key part of Phase 2 of TPA’s Master Plan and makes room for new express curbsides, designed for passengers with no checked bags, as well as upcoming facility improvements, including a new guideway to the future Airside D.

The final phase of the Master Plan includes a 16-gate Airside D, and when it’s complete TPA will have capacity for 34 million passengers every year.