2022 Master Plan Update

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On November 3, 2021, the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA) Board of Directors approved launching the 2022 Master Plan Update (MPU) for Tampa International Airport. This update will follow the same general airport master planning process prescribed by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Florida Department of Transportation undertaken for the 2012 Master Plan Update.

The MPU is a comprehensive study that provides a roadmap for future airport development. It identifies industry trends and assesses future aviation demand patterns in order to create a cohesive, long-term airport development strategy, which in turn helps define a new Capital Improvement Plan for the Airport. However, the 2022 Master Plan Update will complement and supplement the focus areas of study that were included in the 2012 Master Plan Update and the 2016 Addendum.

TPA shared the latest findings and progress of the 2022 Master Plan Update in meetings with stakeholders and the public on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, featuring presentations from HCAA staff and Airport MPU consultants Ricondo & Associates. Time was allotted to answer questions from the audience.

To view the PowerPoint presentation from the MPU Public Meeting on July 25, 2023, click here.



TPA’s Master Plan Update is anticipated to span approximately 24 months and will involve coordination and interactions with the Authority’s airline and business partners, the regulatory and local planning agencies, airport stakeholders, and the public throughout the master planning process in order to solicit input and comments regarding current and future airport needs, and the resulting master planning analyses and recommendations.

This process will culminate with the submission of the Airport Master Plan Update and the associated Airport Layout Plan to the FAA for its review and subsequent approval.

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2022 Master Plan Update Goals


  1. Initial master planning tasks will include the formulation of new, 20-year forecasts for the Airport, with FY2022 representing the initial forecast year; and the identification of new or emerging trends and technologies (such as autonomous vehicles, electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, and touchless technologies for passenger processing).
  2. The 2022 Master Plan Update will also assess the capacity of the Airport’s existing airfield and determine if additional runway capacity may be needed within the 20-year planning horizon.
  3. Ongoing updates and changes to the FAA’s airfield design standards also require an assessment of the Airport’s existing runway and taxiway geometries and configuration to determine if changes are necessary to comply with the most current standards.
  4. In addition to assessing the timing for a new Airside D, as well as any necessary adjustments or additions to the planned concept for Airside D triggered by new or emerging terminal design criteria, passenger processing guidelines, the 2022 Master Plan Update will also define terminal processing capacity and gate needs over the 20-year study period, including the need for aircraft hardstands. In addition, the timing for the initial buildout of the North Terminal will be assessed, and strategies for facilitating a cost-effective implementation for the initial buildout will be studied.
  5. Validating the terminal, roadway and curbfront capabilities for serving 34 million annual passengers following the construction completion of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 recommendations from the 2012 Master Plan is also part of the 2022 Master Plan Update, as well as the identification of additional parking capacity, curbside and roadway improvements needed over the next 20-year horizon.
  6. The 2022 Master Plan Update will similarly assess the 20-year capacity needs and opportunities for additional capacity enhancements across the various aviation business sectors: commercial airline operations; cargo; general aviation; parking; rental car; ground access; and aircraft maintenance and logistics, while also protecting for the growth in airport support facilities and functions, as well as further opportunities for non-aviation commercial development.


Airport Master Plan Background


On November 3, 2011, the Board approved the commencement of the most recent master planning process, known as the 2012 Master Plan Update for Tampa International Airport. The final plan, approved on April 4, 2013, allows the Airport to accommodate up to 34 million annual passengers and is divided into three distinct phases: Decongestion, enabling and expansion.


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The decongestion phase was completed in late 2018 and delivered the Rental Car Center, SkyConnect, the Main Terminal’s Transfer Level expansion, and an expanded concessions program, among other airfield and roadway improvements.

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The enabling phase is currently underway and scheduled for completion in late 2024. This includes a new central utility plant, curbside expansion on both sides of the Main Terminal, SkyCenter One and additional airfield and roadway improvements.

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The expansion phase includes the construction of a new 16-gate Airside D. In September 2022, the Aviation Authority Board of Directors approved plans and a budget for this new terminal, which is scheduled to break ground in 2024 and be completed in 2027.

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