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Empty chairs at Tampa International Airport
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When almost everybody is staying at home, that obviously doesn't bode well for the state's tourism industry. And for all those tourists flying into some of the nation's biggest tourist destinations -- well, they're not. Some estimates have airport traffic down to a trickle. The not-so-friendly skies has had a ripple effect on businesses that rely on airports for their livelihoods. Other restrictions are being slowly lifted, so we'll start to get a feel for how businesses are going to recover.

Daylina Miller/WUSF Public Media

When almost everybody is staying at home, that obviously doesn't bode well for the state's tourism industry. And for all those tourists flying into some of the nation's biggest tourist destinations -- well, they're not. Some estimates have airport traffic down to a trickle. The not-so-friendly skies has had a ripple effect on businesses that rely on airports for their livelihoods. Other restrictions are being slowly lifted, so we'll start to get a feel for how businesses are going to recover.

Gov. Ron DeSantis tapped several task forces to look at how and when we should be going back to business as normal.  One of the business leaders who was part of the Re-Open Florida Task Force is Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano.

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Airports in Florida – and across the country – will be receiving a combined $1.187 billion in federal aid for airport safety and infrastructure grants through the CARES Act.

A man stands at the ticket counter of JetBlue while his luggage is checked by two airline employees wearing masks.
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As the impact of COVID-19 continues to reshape daily life, Tampa International Airport has begun to make changes and preparations for the return of passengers and other personnel in this time of uncertainty. 

empty Tampa International Airport
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Reviving the airline industry in Florida could take years to get back to January levels, requiring confidence from passengers that their flights and their destinations are safe from the coronavirus.

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The coronavirus outbreak comes during one of the busiest tourist seasons in the Tampa Bay region. 

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You’ve seen them in the yards of your neighbors, in zoos across the state or in wildlife parks and nature reserves. Now, the flamingo will soon be on display at Tampa International Airport.

List of ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Hillsborough County

After two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Hillsborough and Manatee counties, governmental agencies, universities, and private companies are stepping up their response.

Non-flyers looking to check out Tampa International Airport will be happy to hear that it is expanding its “TPA All Access” program.

The program, which was created in May 2019 to give the public access to TPA’s airside boarding gates on Saturdays, will now be made available every day of the week.

This week on Florida Matters we talk about how some of our region’s airports are changing to make travel more convenient.

In a matter of seconds early Tuesday morning, an implosion marked Tampa International Airport’s next step toward executing its master plan and expansion.
TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

In a matter of seconds early Tuesday morning, an implosion marked Tampa International Airport’s next step toward executing its master plan and expansion.

A JetBlue plane on a runway.
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By Associated Press

Authorities say a plane bound for Tampa was evacuated at a New Jersey airport due to a suspicious item.

NJ.com reports that JetBlue flight 573 was scheduled to depart Newark Liberty International Airport for Tampa when a flight attendant alerted authorities at about 7:45 a.m. Saturday.

A man stands in front of a biometric face scanner.
Tampa International Airport

By Carrie Pinkard

There could be a day in the future where people won’t need to shuffle through boarding passes and passports to get on a plane.

All they would need is their face.

Tampa International Airport may be heading in that direction with their biometric facial scanner pilot program.

There was a time when airport food was bland and overpriced at best, or simply awful at worst.

 

But over the last few years, Tampa International Airport has worked on improving its offerings. Ulele, Cigar City Brewing, and Columbia Restaurant are among the local favorites that now have airport locations. 

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The Federal Aviation Administration wants to change the way planes fly into and out of Florida’s busiest airports. It’s part of the first major overhaul of the nation’s air traffic control system in decades.

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at Tampa International Airport Monday.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis wants more international tourists to visit Florida.

Tourists at Clearwater Beach.
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Tourism is a vital industry for our state, and Florida Matters is taking a look at how businesses fared in the wake of red tide, what's new with our theme parks, and where tourism is heading after another record-breaking year.


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Travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba have some airlines looking to change routes, while others are thinking of adding more flights.

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After three years, the first leg of one of the biggest construction projects was unveiled Wednesday at Tampa International Airport.

"We did it! We did it!" exclaimed airport CEO Joe Lopano, as he  helped cut the ribbon alongside Governor Rick Scott on the SkyConnect train. It connects the Main Terminal and the new Rental Car Center, built on the periphery of the airport.

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Tampa International Airport was one of the worst offenders last year in terms of the number of firearms confiscated from fliers.

The federal Transportation Security Administration said in 2017, 97 firearms were found at Tampa International Airport, ranking sixth in the nation for firearms found.

Tampa International Airport officials are bracing for an influx of holiday travelers coming into and leaving the Tampa Bay area.

The airport saw a record number of passengers during the spring break season and the number of travelers during the 2017 Thanksgiving week was seven percent higher than their busiest year thus far.

Officials said they are expecting this trend to carry over into the Christmas and New Year holidays.

A draft of a state audit into Tampa International Airport's $2.3 billion expansion has raised questions about the airport's spending and executive salaries.

As you set out to gather with family this Thanksgiving weekend, you can expect a lot of company no matter how you’re getting there. 

Transportation Security Administration

As travelers head to airports during the busy holiday week, airport security officials have a message: Don’t try to bring your guns on the plane.

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By the end of the 2026, the chairman of Tampa International Airport wants it to function as its own little city.

Tampa International Airport

Tampa International Airport had a record number of passengers during Spring Break.  Spokeswoman Emily Nipps said part of that growth is coming from new and expanded destinations from airlines that already serve the airport.   

Tampa International Airport's cargo business is growing, thanks in large part to the online retailer Amazon.

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Authorities say the evacuation of a terminal at Tampa International Airport was caused by a false alarm.

Airport officials said on Twitter that the false alarm was triggered by a bag in a screening device.

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The official holiday travel period started Friday and goes through the first week of the New Year, and Tampa International Airport officials are expecting almost a million travelers to pass through.

USF Student Government

University of South Florida students flying home this week for the Thanksgiving holiday can catch a free ride to the airport.

Under a plan put together by Student Government, students flying out of Tampa International Airport Tuesday night or Wednesday can hop on board a bus outside the Marshall Student Center.

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