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Tampa International Airport forecasts increase in spring break travelers

March 12, 2015

(TAMPA) – Tampa International Airport is expecting a 4.4 percent increase in passengers during its busy spring break period, which began Friday, Feb. 27 and ends Sunday, April 5.

The increase amounts to an additional 97,148 passengers traveling into and out of TPA compared to last year’s spring break period. The total forecast for the five-week period is 2.3 million passengers, adding to the overall increased 2015 forecast of 18 million passengers for the year.

“This is a busy year for Tampa International Airport, not only with increased passenger traffic but with multiple construction projects going at the same time,” said John Tiliacos, Vice President of Operations and Customer Service. “Even as we’re undergoing the largest construction program in airport history, we remain as committed to customer service as ever to ensure all of our guests and tourists have a positive experience.”

To keep up with the spring break surge, Tampa International Airport has put a strong focus on maintaining efficient flow at security checkpoints and curbside pickup and drop-off areas, keeping the restrooms and facilities clean and other key areas.

The new year has already seen a greater number of passengers compared to last. January traffic was up 8.5 percent – or 116,251 passengers – year-over-year. A rise in both domestic and international travel through TPA played a role in the numbers boost.

“It’s no surprise that with more domestic and international flights coming in and out of Tampa International Airport, we’re expecting a much greater number of visitors this year,” Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano said. “Our increased spring break numbers mimic the trend we’ve been seeing over the last few years, particularly with the more than 50 percent increase in international passengers since 2010.”

Passengers traveling through Tampa International Airport during the busiest times of the year should remember the following tips:

  • Whenever possible, use the Cell Phone Lot when picking up passengers.
  • When passing through the first checkpoint to board shuttles leading to the airside terminals, only show your boarding pass, not your ID or passport.
  • Always double-check with your airline prior to coming to the airport to make sure your flight is departing on time.
  • Allow yourself at least 90 minutes before boarding time to park, check baggage and pass through security checkpoints.

For information about departing and arriving flights, parking, construction updates and more, visit www.tampaairport.com.