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TPA to suspend operations Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Ian

Tampa International Airport will suspend all operations beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 due to Hurricane Ian, which continues to threaten the Tampa Bay region with strong winds, heavy rain and storm surge.

The 5 p.m. closure will allow the Airport to prepare the airfield and terminals, including the securing of jet bridges, ground equipment, and any remaining aircraft. The Airport, including the Main Terminal, Airsides, and parking garages will be closed to all visitors at that time.

Damage assessments will begin as soon as it is safe to do so. TPA will closely coordinate the reopening of the airport with its partners based on roadway safety, facility readiness, and staffing.

TPA will have a news conference at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Main Terminal (Level 3) between Hard Rock Café and P.F. Chang’s. CEO Joe Lopano and Executive Vice President of Operations John Tiliacos will be available to answer questions. Media can park in the Short Term Garage.

Important reminders:

  • Passengers should check with their airlines for flight status updates. Those flying on Tuesday before the airport suspends operations are urged to arrive at TPA at least 2 hours before their flight.
  • TPA is not a designated storm shelter and does not have the resources to shelter people or vehicles during a storm. For a list of open shelters in Hillsborough County, visit: https://hcflgov.net/staysafe
  • To get the latest operational updates, please follow @FlyTPA on Twitter.