Tampa International Airport unveils big changes - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Tampa International Airport unveils big changes

Posted: Updated:

Big changes are in store at Tampa International Airport. 

Airport CEO Joe Lopano unveiled his master plan for the future to the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Board Thursday morning.  The board did vote to approve Lopano's vision.

"We want to create something that will be world class," Lopano told the board. "Not something that we bench mark here in Tampa, or in Florida, something that will be measured on a world-class basis."

Highlights of the plan include a people mover connecting the main terminal to a newly consolidated rental car facility, a new international terminal, a new security checkpoint in the main terminal and links to regional transportation networks.

The entire plan would cost $2.5 billion, and should be completed by 2028.

Lopano said airports need to focus on growth in responsible ways, so he's focused on using and improving TIA's current design.

"The guys who designed this airport had the courage to do it right, so that's the legacy we've received, and that's where we're going to go, as well," he said.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn approves of the plan.  He said he even hopes down the road the plan would include light rail, and a station in the Westshore District.

"That's more jobs, more opportunities, more wealth creation," Buckhorn said after the presentation. "So growing this airport, especially on an international front, is critical to Tampa's success." 

The plan takes into account 20 years of projected growth, and the ability to accommodate 34.7 million passengers in the future according to a press release from Tampa International Airport.

Work on the first phase of the master plan, which includes the people mover connecting the main terminal to the new parking facility, is scheduled to begin right away and be completed by the fall of 2017.

  • Sons of Confederate Veterans demand apology from Washington & Lee

    Sons of Confederate Veterans demand apology from Washington & Lee

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:34:37 GMT
    These are the items the 15-year-old says he wore to Lee Chapel and was asked to remove.These are the items the 15-year-old says he wore to Lee Chapel and was asked to remove.
    Lexington (WSLS) - The Stonewall Brigade, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #1296 is calling upon Washington Lee University President, Kenneth P. Ruscio, to apologize for what it calls the school's mistreatment of a 15-year-old boy over the weekend.
    Lexington (WSLS) - The Stonewall Brigade, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #1296 is calling upon Washington Lee University President, Kenneth P. Ruscio, to apologize for what it calls the school's mistreatment of a 15-year-old boy over the weekend.
  • Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:30 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:30:33 GMT
    After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records...
    A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill's chief...
  • Israeli PM speaks of 'prolonged' campaign in Gaza

    Israeli PM speaks of 'prolonged' campaign in Gaza

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:16:39 GMT
    Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel must be ready for a "prolonged" military operation in the Gaza Strip and will "act aggressively and responsibly" until the mission is completed.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.