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TPA Ready Update: As passengers return, more shops and restaurants open for business

TPA now has a number of shopping and dining options available, including a Starbucks open at each airside terminal.

As airports across the country are beginning to see more travelers return to skies, concessions operators are increasing dining and shopping options for their guests.

Tampa International Airport is doing the same as it saw its highest passenger numbers this past Sunday since traffic plummeted in late March and early April due to COVID-19. TPA concessionaires are slowing returning staff and operating hours back to the Airport, though customer demand still has a way to go before all 70 shops and restaurants are fully open. TPA is seeing about 30 to 40 percent of its passenger traffic compared to this time of year in 2019.

Those who are traveling through TPA have far more options this fall than they did over the summer. Starbucks is now open on all four airsides and the Main Terminal, and travelers can now enjoy more sit-down restaurants at each airside. RumFish Grill, Ulele and Cigar City Brewing are now open at Airside C, TPA’s busiest terminal which serves Southwest, Alaska and Sun Country passengers. The Café by Mise en Place is open at Airside F, as is the Gasparilla Bar and illy Espressamente.

At Airside E, passengers can dine at Columbia Restaurant or pick up fast bites from Panda Express or illy. Ducky’s Sports Lounge and Pei Wei are among the options at Airside A, as is New York New York pizza.

With more passengers looking to do some shopping while they wait for their flights, The Body Shop at Airside C, Tech on the Go at Airside F and BookLink at Airside E are among the many retail stores that recently reopened at TPA.

For a complete updated list of open shops, restaurants and bars at TPA, go to https://www.tampaairport.com/shops-and-dining.

Passengers should note that the open and close times of TPA’s shops and restaurants may vary as TPA and its concessionaires continue to balance the unpredictable recovery of passenger traffic with its staffing and operational needs. All retail and restaurant employees have upped their safety and health standards, adding protocols such as temperature checks, distancing markers on the floors, masks for all employees, plastic shields at registers, frequent sanitation and hand-washing and other measures.

For more on what TPA is doing to keep its travelers and employees healthy, go to https://www.tampaairport.com/tpa-ready.