Traveler Advisories

During the expansion project construction, areas within the Main Terminal and surrounding roadways may be impacted.  Please refer to this section of the website before coming to the airport for the latest travel tips and passenger advisories.

August 31, 2016: Blue Arrivals/Departures curbsides to close nightly due to construction

Beginning Sept. 6 through early 2017, Tampa International Airport will close the blue side arrival and departure curbsides from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. for construction of the SkyConnect guideway.

This closure affects passengers on American, Delta, JetBlue and United. During this time, all pick-ups and drop-offs for those airlines will be directed to Short Term Parking. Other ground transportation options, including taxis and hotel shuttles, will not be affected.

  • Guests should park in the Short Term Parking garage and take the blue elevators to baggage claim to meet their travelers. Parking fees will be waived for drop-offs and pick-ups.
  • Crews will temporarily stop work and operations will return to normal during the Thanksgiving and winter holidays, as well as the National College Football Championship in January.
  • Drivers are asked to closely observe all posted speed limits and watch for directional signage.

The closures are necessary to ensure the safety of guests, employees and tenants while crews lift steel beams that weight up to 146,000 pounds – about the weight of a Boeing 737-700 – and pour concrete over the roadways and Airside A guideway for the people-mover connecting the new rental car center with the Main Terminal. During this process, there can be no activity underneath.

The Airport will dry-run the closures the nights of Sept. 6 and 7 and make any necessary changes to plans to ensure smooth traffic flow, as is typically done with all construction likely to impact passengers. Construction is scheduled to begin the night of Sept. 8. 

May 15, 2016: Shuttle closure at Airside E in the Main Terminal

One of the two shuttles to Airside E will temporarily close beginning May 15 to facilitate construction along the west side of the Main Terminal. The closure will remain in place for approximately five weeks. Major delays are not anticipated.

  • Travelers may experience delays waiting for the shuttle during peak times.
  • Please have your boarding pass ready when you approach the shuttle. Only a boarding pass is required to go to the airside. 
March 17, 2016: Temporary delays possible at Long Term, Short Term garage entrances; drivers encouraged to use caution

Guests may experience brief delays entering the Short Term and Long Term garages in the coming weeks due to construction on the entry toll plazas.

Beginning March 21, workers will close roughly half of the entry lanes to the Short Term and Long Term garages to install equipment for TPA’s new revenue control system. The closures will last for approximately seven weeks.

All drivers are encouraged to use caution near the entrances and be prepared for possible delays around peak hours.

Tampa International Airport is in the process of overhauling all of its toll plazas to the new system. Construction on the project began in January and is expected to take about seven months. Employees and guests will see periodic closures and may experience additional congestion during peak hours. The parking upgrade will enhance customer service and enable new programs to be implemented in the future, including entry and exit via credit card, real-time displays of space availability and web-based reservations.

Jan. 11, 2016: Construction to cause lane closures at parking garage entrances, exits

Over the next six months, Tampa International Airport is replacing its 22-year-old parking garage system with a new more modern system at each of the parking garages. The upgrade will require periodic closures of some of the entry and exit lanes at the parking garage toll plazas. The garages will always remain open, but passengers should remain vigilant for construction signage and additional merging in these areas. 

Jan. 4, 2016: Travelers encouraged to use Economy Parking as construction limits parking availability

Heading to Tampa International Airport any time in the next six weeks? Take note: Parking in the Short and Long Term Garages will be limited due to construction on the airport expansion. Two floors of the Short Term Garage will close beginning Jan. 7, which will constrain parking throughout the terminal until about mid-February. During this time, travelers are strongly encouraged to use the Economy Garage for just $10 a day. When picking up passengers, drivers should wait in the Cell Phone Lot until travelers are curbside and ready to leave the airport. Circling the terminal is not permitted. Overnight parking will not be available in the Short Term Garage.
Parking waterproofing at TPA 

Nov. 13, 2015: Airport roadway changes affect outbound traffic

As part of ongoing construction, drivers at TPA will no longer be able to circle the Main Terminal while waiting for passengers to arrive at the curbside for pickup. Drivers leaving Short Term and Long Term parking will be redirected around the Main Terminal to exit the Airport. Guests picking up passengers should instead wait in the Airport’s Cell Phone Waiting Lot and proceed to the curbside only when travelers are ready to leave. Visitors can also wait in the Short Term Parking Garage, where parking for under one hour is free. Drivers are advised to use caution and observe the posted speed limit. 

Sept. 30, 2015: Airport Service Road closes to the public

The Airport Service Road is now closed from the O’Brien Street intersection to a point just south of the Economy Parking Garage. The Service Road will remain closed through late 2017 to accommodate construction on the airport’s new rental car center and automated people mover. All passengers and guests driving to the Main Terminal or the U.S. Post Office should take W. Spruce Street to the George J. Bean Parkway (the main road entering the airport). 
Service Road closure map at TPA-Sept 2015-web

Aug. 18, 2015: Escalator closures in Main Terminal will affect some arriving, departing passengers

One of the major escalator banks inside Tampa International Airport’s Main Terminal has closed for renovations tied to the Airport’s historic $953 million expansion. The bank of escalators, located nearest to the Armstrong elevators, will be closed for roughly six months. The closures will result in slightly longer walking distances for some passengers, but are not expected to have a significant impact on the time it takes to get to or from gates. During this transition, extensive signage and a team of customer service representatives will direct passengers to the appropriate escalators and elevators.

June 11, 2015: Roadway closure expected to impact vehicle traffic at TPA; drivers asked to use caution

The roadway closure allows for construction crews to work on the Taxiway J bridge.  The bridge is being reconstructed to make way for the new automated people mover.

  • The inbound parkway will be rerouted and posted traffic speed reduced from 35 to 25 mph.
  • The outbound parkway is being reduced from three to two lanes.
  • Passengers will see an increase in construction traffic on the roadways and may experience congestion when entering and exiting the Airport, especially during peak travel times. 
May 10 to May 22, 2015: Temporary Road Closure may impact inbound vehicle traffic 

One of three inbound lanes of the George J. Bean Parkway will temporarily close due to construction in the area.  Travelers may experience heavy traffic entering the airport, especially during peak hours. 

  • All guests are asked to follow the posted speed limits and other signage in the construction area and to be mindful of workers.
  • The lane closure is one of several roadway changes coming in the near future.
  • Passenger travel time to the airport will not be affected.
Feb. 11, 2015: Airfield operational changes may result in noise increases over the next 19 months

Taxiway J closes Feb. 11 for reconstruction to make way for the automated people mover. For operational safety, more aircraft will be authorized to land on the east runway. Residential areas to the south may experience more noise due to increase in commercial and corporate jet traffic over the next 19 months.  

  • All corporate jets will be landing on the east runway
  • Some commerical jets may be assigned by the FAA to land on the east runway between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Air traffic switches to a primarily south flow during the spring and summer months reducing the impact

There will be no delays or passenger impacts as a result of the operational changes.

Jan. 9, 2015: Shuttle closures at Airsides A and C in the Main Terminal

Airsides A and C will operate only one shuttle between the Airside and the Main Terminal

  • Travelers may experience delays waiting for the shuttle during peak departure times.  
  • Boarding pass ONLY is required to go to the airside.  Please have it easily accessible when you approach to shuttle to avoid further delay.  Picture identification is required once you arrive at the Airside to continue the screening process.
  • Visitors meeting arriving flights are asked to stay clear of the shuttle entrance to minimize congestion in the area.
Dec. 2, 2014: Ground transportation changes at Baggage Claim

Ground Transportation Centers on the east end of Baggage Claim are closed for construction.  All taxis, hotel shuttles, Economy Parking buses and other commercial ground transportation vehicles will pick up at the west end of baggage claim. View the map.

Curbside pick-up is still available and there are no passenger delays at this time.

  • Red Baggage Claim: Pick up all ground transportation at the exit nearest to Baggage Belt #9
  • Blue Baggage Claim: Pick up all ground transportation at the exit nearest to Baggage Belt #7

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