Tampa International Airport Unveiling Business Plan

TAMPA — Tampa International Airport officials on Thursday will unveil a 20-year business plan with nearly $4.2 billion in expenditures, focusing on extending the life of the main terminal, alleviating user congestion and guiding airport business development south and east.

A session to obtain public input is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the boardroom on the third floor of the main airport terminal.

The business plan includes about $2.5 billion in projects from the master plan update approved in April to increase airport capacity, and more than $1.6 billion largely for maintenance projects, Assistant Vice President of Media and Government Relations Janet Zink said.

The business plan remedies issues underlying a project deferred in 2009 for a $1 billion new North Terminal first phase designed to open when the current terminal reached capacity at 25 million annual passengers, expected in 2015 before the recession and travel slump took hold.

Source: The Tampa Tribune