Tampa International Airport wins $6 million terminal improvement grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding a total of $32.9 million to seven Florida airports.
The Tampa International Airport terminal looking north. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
The Tampa International Airport terminal looking north. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
Published November 22

TAMPA — Tampa International Airport’s ambitious plans to upgrade its terminal got a $6 million boost Friday from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“This is good news for us,” airport spokeswoman Janet Scherberger said in an email to the Tampa Bay Times. The airport applied for the grant in addition to the formula-driven funding that it typically receives.

Tampa International is in the second phase of a $2 billion construction program that already has brought in new restaurants and concessionaires, moved rental car operations out of the terminal to a massive new rental car center accessible by the airport’s new SkyConnect train.

In July, it kicked off a $187 million project to double the number of pickup and drop-off lanes at the terminal to 32 over the next five years. The airport also plans to demolish the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority’s existing administrative offices and build a new, more energy-efficient central utilities plant at the terminal.

Tampa International is receiving the second largest of seven Florida airport infrastructure grants totaling $32.9 million. The largest grant consists of $8.5 million to rehabilitate the main runway at Lakeland Linder International Airport in Polk County.

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