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TPA hits a daily passenger record during Spring Break 2023

Five of the busiest 10 days in Airport history have been through this year's Spring Break period.

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Spring break is always a busy time for TPA, but now it’s official: The Airport saw its single heaviest day of passenger traffic ever during this past weekend.

Transportation Safety Administration data indicates that more than 90,000 passengers passed through TPA on Sunday, March 19. That’s a new record for a single day of travelers at TPA.

The second-busiest day ever was Saturday, March 11, with about 89,000 passengers. Coming in a close third was Saturday, March 18, at approximately 88,000.

Before this month, the previous record travel day was 86,000 on March 20, 2022.

In all, five of the busiest 10 passenger days on record have occurred in the past three weeks. March 18 and March 19 appear to have been the busiest weekend in TPA’s history.

“We were expecting this year’s spring break period to be record-breaking at TPA, and we haven’t been disappointed,” Airport Vice President of Operations Adam Bouchard said. “Our passenger volume is only projected to grow in the future, so we will continue to work diligently with our airline and business partners to maintain the high level of safety, service and customer satisfaction our travelers expect from Tampa International Airport.“

The Airport identified March 7 through April 10 as spring break season, predicting this year would see more passengers than prior years. Air travel at TPA has rebounded above pre-2020 levels, and during the week of March 13, public school students in six area counties plus the University of South Florida and the University of Florida were all on vacation from classes.

Spring Break season continues through mid-April at TPA. To learn more and get some travel tips, click here.