Tampa International Airport, which had much earlier envisioned a grand plan for the future, has now decided to change tack. The airport had dreamt of spending above $900 million for building a new north terminal alongside the main one, adding a dozen new gates, and much more. All these plans were to be materialized as early as 2015. However, all this has changed and the airport has now unveiled a new, more practical and realistic vision for the future.
The Tampa International Airport has successfully tried to recover from the recession and has embarked on a new growth phase. The airport, instead of spending a massive amount of money for building one additional gate, has decided to put into place a new tram service for connecting the passengers to a new car rental facility on the southern end, by the U.S. Post Office.
Joe Lopano, CEO of Tampa International Airport, said the new plan envisaged by the airport could be the beginning of an “Airtropolis”.
He said that by developing an “Airtropolis” the airport wants to bring into existence a small town on its southern sector built of car rental services, where the car hire becomes easy and economical for the passengers.
In fact, getting car rental deals sometimes prove to be difficult for the air travelers. But, a dedicated car rental facility at the airport would be quite beneficial. Apart from this, the airport also plans to bring in commercial development and parking garages at the “Airtropolis”. Lopano also said that someday even a light rail station could become a reality here.