Tampa Airport

Visit Florida Through The Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Located about 6 miles from Downtown Tampa, the Tampa International Airport is owned by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. The airport has been praised specifically for the architecture, as well as, the Landside/Airside (landside) designs of the central terminal. This landside design has connected the satellite gates to the people movers. This was a pioneering concept that was first applied to the airport back in late 1960s.

Formerly known as the Drew Field Municipal Airport, it was only in 1952 when it was renamed to the Tampa International Airport.

It is the hub for the Silver Airways and used to be the maintenance base for North American Airlines, which have now become defunct. The Southwest Airlines is the airline that carries the most number of passengers from the Tampa International Airport. The number of flights that land here during the peak season goes up to 110 flights every single day.

Currently the airport serves about 80 different non-stop destinations that include Germany, Canada, Bahamas, Switzerland, and Panama among others. The airport is one of the two in the entire United States which hosts scheduled charter flights to three cities in Cuba.

Today, this airport handles approximately 16.6 million people every year and there are improvements being made in order to accommodate about 25 million of them a year.


Tampa Bay happens to be the place where commercial airline service first began, when Tony Jannus, a pioneer aviator, flew the very first flight in 1914. This was the very first commercial scheduled airline flight to ever fly.

The 160 acre air field was completed in the year 1928. It was being used by United States Army Air Corps during World War II. It was used by the US government until the National Emergency ended in the year 1940. The Air Force of the United States while using it also expanded it and modernized. At the end of the war, the airport was returned back to Tampa by the Air Force.

In 1950, the Trans Canada Airlines began operating the international flights from this airport. The Tampa International Airport was expanded in 1952 with the addition of the second terminal. By 1957, the airport was already handling 30 departures every day.

As the number of flights and also passengers which made use of the airport increased, the airport was constantly expanded and renovations were made in order to facilitate these people. They were also done in order to smoothly handle the traffic that came in through here.


The Landside terminal that is present at the airport was the first of its kind in the entire world. There is Airside A to F at the airport which is designed to handle the flights that comes in from the domestic, as well as, the international destinations.

There are separate airsides which cater specifically to international or domestic airplanes


Tampa International Airport has been recognized as the 2nd best airport in all of North America. The Transport Security Administration at this airport is recognized to be the best in the continent as well.

The airport also won an award for hiring the most number of women and also minority owned businesses. The airport has won a large number of awards for the aviation as well.

Routes And Destinations

Ever since it first opened to public, the airport has had a number of airlines flying in and out of here. Some of the airlines that fly form here include Air Canada, Cayman Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Connection, Spirit Airlines, West Jet, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Lufthansa and several more.

Although there are a number of passenger airlines that fly through here, there is only one commercial airline using the airport, FedEx Express.

Why Fly Through This Airport?

How To Check In?

Checking in at the Tampa International Airport is not that difficult and the procedure that is followed here is same as that followed in airports from around the world. The passengers are expected to approach the counters that are set up by the specific airlines in order to check in. they are also expected to reach the airport a lot earlier than the departure time, two hours for the domestic aircraft and three hours for the international ones.

Baggage And Allowance

The amount of baggage allowed through the airport per passenger depends on the airline that one is making use. Excessive baggage will be charged extra, that needs to be paid by the passenger before departure.


Seating of the international aircrafts is much better than those of the domestic ones. One can choose from the number of seats that are available in the aircraft at the time of booking the seat.

Booking Fee

The booking fee depends entirely on the aircraft and the destination that one will be flying to. Know about the charges, before booking a seat for yourself.

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 Airport Contact Details

Tampa International Airport

PO Box 22287,
FL 33622-2287,

Tel:+1 (1)813 8708700


Hillsborough County Aviation Authority

 Location Details

Longitude:82° 32' 7'' W
Latitude:27° 58' 23'' N

 Airport Location

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