Space in the Airport’s Short Term Parking Garage will be limited in the coming months
Construction on Red Express Curbsides and demolition of the old administration building will affect how much parking is available in the structure.
Short Term Parking Garage capacity will be limited over the next several months due to construction related to the forthcoming Red Express Curbsides. Signage at the airport will alert drivers if the Short Term Parking Garage is nearing capacity. When the garage fills up, drivers will be directed to park in the Long Term Parking Garage. Passengers can also reserve a space ahead of time by using the parking reservation system. Guests picking up or dropping off passengers can use our new Blue Express Curbsides or take advantage of the one hour of free parking in the Long Term Parking Garage. The Cell Phone Waiting Lot is also a good option for drivers waiting on arriving passengers.
The Red Express Curbs project scope includes clearing sections of the Short Term Parking Garage located above the Aviation Authority’s former administration building. The 1970s-era building will need to be demolished to make way for the new express lanes, hence reducing parking space availability in the Short Term Garage for several months.
The finished Red Express Curbsides will operate the same as the award-winning Blue Express Curbsides, which opened in November 2021 for travelers without checked luggage. Passengers dropped off at the Blue Express Curbsides take the elevator, escalator, or stairs up one level to the Main Terminal Transfer Level, where they can take a shuttle to their airside’s TSA Security Checkpoint, bypassing the ticketing level entirely. For arriving travelers, it’s also a short walk from the Main Terminal to the Blue Express pick-up level, where they meet their driver, avoiding baggage claim altogether.
Express lanes enhance the overall customer experience by improving the flow of passenger traffic and helping alleviate the build-up of long lines at check-in, security, and various other areas throughout the airport.
The Red Express Curbsides are scheduled to be completed in 2025 and are part of the Airport’s Master Plan. For more information, visit: https://www.tampaairport.com/MasterPlan