TAMPA - March is traditionally the busiest travel month of the year at Tampa International Airport, and March 2013 was no exception. Tampa International Airport served 1,796,058 passengers in March, up 5.2 percent over the previous year. International traffic was exceptionally strong, up 13.3 percent over March 2012, and a 43 percent increase compared to March 2011.
Through the first six months of the fiscal year (October through March) overall traffic is up 2.3 percent, with international traffic up 12.1 percent, over the previous year. International traffic is up 34 percent compared to the first six months of fiscal year 2011.
The Airport also experienced strong revenue performance in March, coming in $1.2 million higher than the previous March. For the first six months of 2013 fiscal year, revenues increased $4.2 million, or 4.8 percent, compared to the same period last year.
The Airport’s air service offerings also keep growing. JetBlue this week announced new daily, nonstop service to Hartford, Connecticut, beginning Oct. 24th. Frontier Airlines is adding a new destination from Tampa with nonstop service to Wilmington, Delaware beginning July 4th. ABC Charters will resume seasonal service between Tampa and Holguin, Cuba in time for the busy summer family travel season, and again over the winter holiday travel season.
“This is great news for travelers and the Tampa Bay community because anytime we have this type of success in attracting additional service and new destinations, that shows other potential airline partners that Tampa is the real deal and an attractive market for their business,” said Tampa Airport CEO Joe Lopano.