In a matter of seconds early Tuesday morning, an implosion marked Tampa International Airport’s next step toward executing its master plan and expansion.
At 2 a.m., dynamite ignited and the final demolition of the old Red Side Rental Car Garage was completed.
According to airport officials, the demolition – part of Phase 2 of the airport’s expansion plans -- will allow for new express curbside drop-offs and allow quicker access for travelers with no checked bags.
Among the improvements in the airport’s final phase include a 16-gate Airside D, increasing the airport’s capacity to 34 million passengers annually.
The airport was closed from 1-2:30 a.m. during the demolition process.
Boom goes the dynamite! At 2 a.m. this morning, TPA successfully imploded the old Red Side Rental Car Garage – a major component of our Master Plan expansion that will help us serve 34 million passengers annually. pic.twitter.com/Rl9uyHVqa7
— Tampa Intl Airport ✈️ (@FlyTPA) August 20, 2019