In late 2011, Tampa International Airport officials began the process of updating the Master Plan for the airport’s 3,300-acre campus. The final plan, approved in 2013, allows the airport to accommodate up to 35 million passengers each year, and is divided into three distinct phases: Decongestion, enabling and expansion. It allows a “build as demand dictates” approach to growth, with phases based on passenger volume.
The first phase, which is scheduled for completion in 2018, helps decongest the curbsides, roads and Main Terminal, and includes a 2.6 million-square-foot Rental Car Center, a 1.4-mile automated people mover and an expansion of the Main Terminal.
Phase 2 includes a curbside expansion and 17-acre commercial development around the rental car center. The commercial development area will feature an office building, convenience store with gas station, hotel, a commercial curb to accommodate transit and other ground transportation, and connections to regional trail networks. The curbside expansion includes new express lanes exclusively for passengers without checked luggage.
Phase 3, the expansion phase, includes the construction of a new Airside D with 16 gates capable of handling both domestic and international flights.
Take the virtual tour of the new rental car center and SkyConnect automated people mover system on the Airport's YouTube channel.