Tampa International Airport breaks last year’s record number of passengers

Mobile
TIA Tampa International Airport

TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) – Tampa International Airport saw record-breaking numbers of passengers during the last fiscal year, according to reports released Tuesday.

The airport served 22,166,049 million passengers in Fiscal Year 2019. That’s a 5.5% increase over the previous year.

The airport began a three-phase expansion in 2014. Currently, in Phase 2, TIA officials say the steady growth has more to do with the influx of direct flights than it does with the in-progress expansion.

Growing traffic

Take a look at how Tampa International Airport’s traffic has grown since beginning its expansion. Hover over the bars to see the exact number.

Sources: Tampa International Airport

Since then, TIA has seen 4.84 million more passengers, for nearly a 28% increase, according to TIA spokesman Danny Valentine.

TIA reported a 4.8% increase in domestic travel, while international passenger traffic jumped 19.3%.

Following its busiest spring break yet when nearly 2.8 million passengers came through TIA from March 5 to April 9, the airport has added numerous additional flights.

TPA is adding service to London’s Gatwick on Oct. 31 and Delta Air Lines added its first European route to Amsterdam early this summer.

Among its 252 domestic flights per day, TIA officials say Spirit Airlines saw a 30% passenger increase over the previous year following the addition of service to Philadelphia and San Juan.

“We’re really seeing tremendous momentum in international air service, especially to Europe, with five nonstop flights to four cities,” Lopano said. “The reach of these flights goes beyond just one city because many of these destinations offer a convenient connection to cities throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and really, almost anywhere in the world. And not only do these flights allow our residents to explore the world, but they bring visitors from across the globe to Tampa.”

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Videos

Tampa Bay misses out on first WrestleMania due to coronavirus

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tampa Bay misses out on first WrestleMania due to coronavirus"

Fire near Florida airport burns 3,500 rental cars

Thumbnail for the video titled "Fire near Florida airport burns 3,500 rental cars"

Life-sized 'Candy Land' game and pinwheel field pops up in Seminole Heights

Thumbnail for the video titled "Life-sized 'Candy Land' game and pinwheel field pops up in Seminole Heights"

Tampa church offers drive-in worship service, a decades old tradition

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tampa church offers drive-in worship service, a decades old tradition"

Teamwork! Drone video shows pod of dolphins chasing lunch

Thumbnail for the video titled "Teamwork! Drone video shows pod of dolphins chasing lunch"

Face masks being made across Tampa Bay during coronavirus pandemic

Thumbnail for the video titled "Face masks being made across Tampa Bay during coronavirus pandemic"

Local event planner creates game encouraging residents to try, support new restaurants while stuck at home

Thumbnail for the video titled "Local event planner creates game encouraging residents to try, support new restaurants while stuck at home"

Early hurricane season forecasts predict a lightly above average season

Thumbnail for the video titled "Early hurricane season forecasts predict a lightly above average season"

Family of missing St. Petersburg woman is losing hope

Thumbnail for the video titled "Family of missing St. Petersburg woman is losing hope"
More Local News

Trending Stories

get the app

News App

Weather App

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss