Tampa Airport Serves More Destinations Now Than Before The Pandemic
Tampa International Airport has more flights to more destinations than before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Even though airport officials say Tampa International is still recovering from the economic stressors of the pandemic, Tampa is going against the trend that has slowed efforts at many other airports across the country.
Frontier Airlines announced last week that it was adding five routes from Tampa, which include two new destinations for the airport: Green Bay, Wisc., And Bloomington, Illinois. Tampa has added 17 new permanent routes since the start of the pandemic, airport manager Christopher Minner said. executive vice president of marketing and communications.
The number of passengers passing through Tampa terminals rose from 1.7 million registered passengers in July to around 1.5 million in August, the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority reported. Minner said the delta variant was affecting travel to Florida, but overall it was still a strong month for the airport.
International passengers have steadily increased to reach the 15,000 mark, but were still down about 84% from levels seen before the pandemic. Thirteen routes from Tampa – mostly international flights – have yet to resume.
“This should hopefully change,” Minner said.
The Lufthansa group is launching its first North American connection via Tampa via its Eurowings Discover brand. Connections to Frankfurt are scheduled to begin on December 16.
The airport also expects the British Airway flight to London Gatwick to return by November 1, but Minner said the date is tentative due to the relaxation of international restrictions and vaccination requirements.
Tampa International was ranked second in this year’s Major Airports category JD Power North American Airport Satisfaction Survey. It was at a point of a tie for first with Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans. Many airports have lowered their satisfaction ratings due to facility closures linked to the pandemic, according to the study.
In Tampa, more than 90 percent of its retail and restaurant options are open, Minner said.