TPA to host public meetings about 2022 Master Plan Update
In an effort to ensure that the public stays informed about the Airport’s 2022 Master Plan Update (MPU) process and progress, TPA will host the first of three public meetings on Monday, April 25 at 6 p.m. in the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority’s (HCAA) Boardroom, which is located in the Airport’s Main Terminal near Airside A.
This meeting is for anyone interested in learning more about TPA’s 2022 Master Plan Update and provide feedback to help inform this 2-year process. Attendees will see presentations from TPA CEO Joe Lopano and airport consultant Ricondo and Associates, who is leading the MPU process for the Airport. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions.
The Master Plan Update is part of a regular revalidation process prescribed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) to analyze TPA’s overall capacity, operational and customer needs, as well as emerging industry trends. It helps Airport staff anticipate and prepare for future passenger and aircraft demand, prepare a strategy for cohesive development, maintain long-term financial sustainability and leverage state and federal funding sources. Ultimately, the MPU document provides Airport staff with a clear path forward for smart development and improvements.
“The MPU is critical to shaping the vision for Tampa International Airport for years to come,” said TPA CEO Joe Lopano. “The decisions we make now will be felt by millions of travelers so it is vital that we get this plan right. We inherited one of the best airport facilities in the world and want to make sure we continue to strengthen our legacy of innovation and excellence.”
TPA’s last full Master Plan launched in 2012, with an addendum completed in 2016. It was the backbone for the three-phase, multi-billion dollar expansion that followed. The expansion included the SkyConnect Automated People Mover system, a new rental car center, expansion of the Main Terminal transfer level, a reimagined concessions program featuring 70 new shops and restaurants, the new SkyCenter One office building, new express curbside lanes, roadway expansion and a new Central Utility Plant. These projects are aimed at decongesting airport facilities and enabling demand-driven growth while preserving a cost-competitive structure for the Airport.
Primary goals of the 2022 MPU include:
· Creation of a new 20-year passenger forecast
· Reassessment of Airside D program, including timing for development
· Identification of new or emerging trends/technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and touchless technologies for passenger processing
· Assessment of TPA’s existing airfield capacity and analysis of whether runways and/or taxiways improvements may be needed
· Comprehensive assessment of the capacity needs and operational enhancements needed to support the growth and success of all business sectors operating at TPA
The April 25 workshop will be the first of three public meetings to involve the community in the MPU process. The other two dates will be announced later this year.
For more information about TPA’s 2022 Master Plan Update visit: