Sep 9, 2022 - News

Tampa Airport's first new airside terminal gets final approval

A rendering of the proposed airside D
The new terminal. Rendering: Courtesy of Tampa International Airport

Construction will start soon on Airside D, the first new airside terminal at Tampa International Airport in 17 years.

Driving the news: The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority approved the airport's capital and operating budget for FY2023, and it includes the new $787.4 million terminal.

Details: The project will add 16 gates with capacity to accommodate 13 million more passengers at TPA by 2037.

  • The new terminal will feature lots of glass, plus bright, open spaces, an outdoor terrace, and furnishings that … border on luxurious. (See it for yourself.)

The big picture: The project is the final part of a three-phase master plan for the airport's ambitious, yearslong expansion.

  • Phases 1 and 2 included adding the Rental Car Center, SkyConnect Automated People Mover, and Blue Express Curbsides for passengers without luggage, among other projects.

Flashback: Heralded as the airport of the future, TPA opened in 1971 with a hub and spoke design that used trams to shuttle passengers from a central ticketing and baggage terminal to outlying gates.

  • Airside D is the newest terminal addition since Airside C — aka the Southwest terminal — added 16 gates at a cost of $135 million in 2005.

The rub: The project — paid for through airport-issued bonds and state and federal grants — was stalled during the pandemic, and inflation has pushed cost estimates up by almost $100 million, per the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Rendering of the inside of the proposed Airside D terminal at TPA
Rendering of the inside of Airside D, courtesy of Tampa International Airport
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