Tampa Airside F
Tampa International Airport in Florida, US, is to renovate its Airside F terminal to accommodate growing passenger traffic and attract overseas flights.

The $27.6m renovation plan will expand the airport’s ability to handle baggage and improve the flow of passengers through security and customs. It will also enhance the ability of the terminal to manage up to three simultaneous wide-body international flights and meet anticipated demand at the airport over the next few years.

Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano said that the airport’s international traffic is growing and that the trend will continue.

"The facility needs improvements to guarantee a high level of service now and in the future, when even more flights will be arriving in a tight timeframe," said Lopano. "The Airside F renovation is a lower-cost solution that meets immediate needs."

Airside F handles most of Tampa airport’s international flights, include the recently launched daily non-stop service to London and four weekly flights to Cuba.

The renovation will add two baggage claim devices, two passports checking booths, and will enhance Transportation Security Administration screening lanes. Relocation of the queues at security checkpoints, increasing the concessions space and modernising the WiFi network will also be part of the project.

"These improvements will dramatically improve customer service right away, and maintain that service as the number of international flights serving the airport continues to grow," added Lopano.

After budget revision approval by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board, the project design will begin in March 2012, with construction of the first phase completed by the end of 2012 and the whole upgrade by September 2013.

TPA had previously planned to move international operations to a new North Terminal under a $1bn project scheduled to begin in 2015, but postponed the expansion plan until at least 2023 due to the economic slowdown and the resulting decline in passenger traffic.

Caption: The $27.6m renovation at Tampa airport’s Airside F terminal will expand its ability to handle baggage screening and improve the flow of passengers through security and customs. Credit: Tpa ops27