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Florida Matters: Tampa International CEO Joe Lopano

Big changes are coming to Tampa International Airport, and this week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 a.m.), we’re bringing you a special newsmaker edition of the show with airport CEO Joe Lopano.

One of our burning questions: Is it TPA – or TIA? According to Lopano, it’s both.

Florida Matters: Tampa International CEO Joe Lopano
Listen to our one-on-one conversation with Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano.

In February, Airports Council International named Tampa International the second-best airport in the country, according to its annual Airport Service Quality Awards. We ask Lopano what the airport has done to earn that ranking.

We also discuss the expansion that’s under way, along with the airport’s competition, the effort to attract new airlines and customer dissatisfaction with the airline industry.

Carson Cooper has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the host of "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for three decades.
Lottie Watts is our Florida Mattersproducer, and she also covers health and health policy for.