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Tampa International Airport to close early Tuesday ahead of potential major hurricane

UPDATE: This situation has concluded. Go to news.tampaairport.com for the latest information about TPA.

Tampa International Airport will suspend all commercial operations beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Idalia, with the Airport remaining closed until it can assess any damages later in the week. 

The closure will allow the Airport and its partners to prepare the airfield and terminals, including the securing of jet bridges, ground equipment and any remaining aircraft before Idalia’s expected landfall early Wednesday as a potential major hurricane. Some cargo and private aircraft operations could continue overnight, but all air traffic will cease by 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. The Airport, including the Main Terminal and Airsides will be closed to all visitors and is not equipped to function as a shelter.

The Airport anticipates reopening Thursday morning, with damage assessments beginning after the storm passes. TPA will closely coordinate the reopening of the Airport with its partners based on roadway safety, facility readiness and staffing. Any changes to the timing will be promptly communicated.

Follow the Airport on X (formerly Twitter) @FlyTPA for the latest updates related to the storm.

Watch video of our Monday news conference with TPA Executive Vice President of Operations and Customer Service John Tiliacos below: