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Tampa International Airport (TPA): Tampa International Airport is one of the most beautiful airports serving Tampa Bay Area in Florida, United States. This airport is approximately 5 km from the central business district of Tampa and is publicly owned by Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. Originally known as Drew Field Municipal Airport, this airport is widely known for its eye – catching architecture and terminal design, which consists of high-quality people mover system, roof top parking and escalators that facilitates efficient passenger movement.

In 2011, Tampa International Airport was recognized as one of the best 10 airports by CNNGo. The airport plays an important role in Tampa bay area’s economy by generating significant revenue annually.

The airport provides service to 72 non-stop destinations and is the major center for Silver Airways under the United Express brand. Tampa International Airport serves international service to United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, and Switzerland and throughout the Caribbean. Currently, Southwest Airlines provides service to majority of the peak season Tampa passengers with over 90 daily flights.

Tampa International Airport Details:

Tampa International Airport Contact:
Address: 4100 George J. Bean Parkway, Tampa, Florida 33607
Phone: : 1-813-870-8700

TPA Airport History: There have been many important events that molded the TPA into the present outstanding featured airport. It was aviator Tony Jannus who flew the inaugural flight on 1st January 1914 from St. Petersburg to Tampa, flying the first commercial flight in the world using a heavier aircraft than airplane.

Drew field was built west of Tampa Downtown in 1928, which was taken over by United States Army Air Force during World War II. It was expanded and renovated and was used by Third Air Force as a training center for combat air crews. Another airport Peter O. Knight Airport was opened in Davis Islands near Downtown Tampa where Eastern and National Airlines operated until 1946.

In 1950, Drew Field was renamed as Tampa International Airport and new international airlines were introduced by Trans Canada Airlines. A people mover system was introduced in 1971 to connect landside and airside in 1971.

The new terminal, Airside E was opened for operations in year 2000. Airside E became Tampa International's first airside terminal building to be equipped with an automated outbound baggage delivery conveyor system. In 2003, Tampa International was rated best in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine. In 2005 TPA opened its new airside Terminal C.

Location and Driving Directions: TPA is located around 5 km from west of downtown Tampa. The West Hillsborough Avenue borders the northern edge, while West Spruce Street, West Boy Scout Road and West Columbus Drive defines the southern boundary. North Memorial highway surrounds the TPA on the western side and eventually becomes the Veterans Expressway.

There are several transport alternatives to reach airport as it is adjacent to Interchange I-275 and Highway 60. During peak hours (morning and afternoon) Interstate 75,275 and 4, which are the main routes to airport may experience congestion and thus it would be better to travel with extra time in hand.

From the North: Take Interstate 75 South to Interstate 275 South to exit 39 and follow the signs to the airport entrance.

From the East: Take Interstate 4 West to Interstate 275 South to exit 39.

From the South: Take Interstate 75 North to Interstate 4 West to Interstate 275 South to exit 39 and follow the signs.

From the West (St. Petersburg): Take Interstate 275 North to exit 39B and follow the signs to the airport entrance.

From Veterans Expressway: The airport entrance is just south of the termination of the Veterans Expressway as you join Highway 60 eastbound.

From Highway 60: Highway 60 passes the airport entrance just east of the start of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. The airport entrance is well signed.

From Spruce Street: Take any local road to Columbus Drive or Spruce Street and go westbound. The airport entrance is west of Westshore Boulevard.

Tampa International Airport Parking: Tampa International Airport has both short term and long term parking facility accessible from multi – level garages or surface car parks. Parking option would be available after taking the ticket from ticket counters at the garage entrance or through SunPass Plus lanes:

Short Term Parking: Short term parking is located above the terminal with more than 3,500 spaces. This parking can be used for parking stays less than 4 hours. The first hour is free and then the charges are per 30 min interval. The parking garage is accessible through red or blue elevators. Rates:
- 0 to 60 minutes FREE
- 61 - 80 minutes $4, each additional 20 minutes $1 and $20 Max per 24 hrs

Long Term: Long term parking is located adjacent to the terminal with 8,000 plus parking spaces. The facility is supplemented with a monorail service to the terminal on level 5. Pedestrian walkways to terminal are located on level 2. Rates:
- 0 - 60 minutes Free
- 61 - 80 minutes $4, each additional 20 minutes $1 and $15 Max per 24 hrs

Remote Economy: This car park is located near the airport office and provides economical parking than the other garages. Shuttles run 24-hours a day, typically every 7 to 10 minutes. There are facilities for restroom and garage clearance is 8 feet. Rates:
- 0 - 60 minutes Free
- 61 - 80 minutes $4, each additional 20 minutes $1 and $15 Max per 24 hrs

Cell Phone Lot: This parking facility is for the drivers who need to wait while they are picking or dropping off passengers. There is unlimited vehicle clearance and it is free of cost. In this area flight information, free Wi-Fi and restroom facilities are available.

Valet Parking: Valet parking can be used by dropping the vehicle at the Blue Departure drive on level 5 of short term parking, near the Yeager elevators. Curbside drop off facility is available from 5:30am to 5:30pm. 24-hour drop off and pickup is available on Level 5 of Short Term Garage.

Disabled Parking: Parking for disabled is available on all levels of parking garages as well as adjacent to the bus stops in the Remote Economy lot. Vehicles using this facility should have handicapped stickers on their vehicles. Porter assistance is also available for disabled travelers who need assistance.

Tampa International Airport Hotels:

Tampa International Airport receives many tourists who need to stay either in the city or beaches or business travel passengers who need to stay in the city. The Airport Marriot Hotel, which is connected to the terminal through the third floor walkway, has excellent business facilities. There are other well-known hotels near to the airport, which can be easily accessed by means of airport ground transport system. Following are few hotels located near to the airport including their distance from the airport:

- Best Western Westshore Hotel, 1200 North West Shore Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607, 1 Mile.
- Doubletree Hotel TPA Tampa Airport, 4500 West Cypress Street, Tampa, Florida, 1 Mile.
- Hampton Inn TPA Airport Westshore, 4817 West Laurel Street, Tampa, FL 33607, 1 Mile.
- La Quinta Inn Tampa Airport, 4730 Spruce Street, Tampa, Florida, 1 Mile.
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 3025 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida, 2 Miles.
- DoubleTree Guest Suites Bay Hotel, 3050 North Rocky Point Drive, West Tampa, FL 33607, a 2.5 Miles.
- Tampa Marriott Westshore, 1001 North Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607, 2.5 Miles.
- Wyndham Westshore Hotel, 4860 West Kennedy Boulevard, Financial District, Tampa, FL 33609, 3 Miles.
- Best Western Tampa, 734 South Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33609, 4 Miles.
- Hilton TPA Airport Westshore, 2225 North Lois Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 5 Miles.

TPA Airport Terminal Information: TPA provides service to more than 20 million passengers to major destinations countrywide and also other international cities. The three- level Landside Terminal is designed like a satellite, with four terminals arranged around a central hub. Terminals are accessible by a monorail system from third floor of the terminal. The Landside Terminal has the baggage claim on level 1, ticketing on level 2 and transfer on level 3. The three levels are differentiated into Red and Blue and North and South side depending on your airline. Tampa International Airport also offers fabulous shopping and connoisseur food experiences.

Main Terminal:

Red Side Airlines:
- Air Tran
- Air Canada
- America West
- British Airways
- Cayman Airways
- Charters
- Continental
- Frontier
- Independence Air
- Midwest
- Spirit
- Southwest
- United
- West Jet

Blue Side Airlines:
- American Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- JetBlue
- Northwest-KLM
- Song
- US Airways

Main terminal Shops and Restaurants:
- Baja Fresh
- Burger King
- Carrabba's Italian Grill
- Papa John's
- Airport Wireless
- Author's Bookstore
- Bijoux Terner
- Brookstone
- Cole's Hair Cuts
- Destination Time
- Florida Shop
- Harley Davidson
- Port of Call
- Ron Jon Surf Shop
- News Central
- Sports Scene
- Sunglass International
- Swarovski
- Talie
- Cafe Elise
- Monocle Bookstore
- Tampa Gifts & News
- The UPS Store

Airside A: Terminal A consist of gates 3-18.

Terminal A Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal A:
- America West
- AirTran
- Conitnental
- Frontier
- JetBlue
- Northwest-KLM

Terminal A Shops, Restaurants, and Facilities:
- Pizza Hut
- Quiznos Sub
- Bijoux Terner
- I Tech Store
- Gift Shop
- Newsstand
- Kids Play Area
- Restrooms
- ATM Machines

Airside C: Terminal C consist of gates 30-45.

Terminal C Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal C:
- Independence Air
- Midwest
- Southwest
- Spirit

Terminal C Shops, Restaurants, and Facilities:
- Bijoux Terner
- Chili’s To Go Restaurant
- Quiznos Sub
- ATM Machines
- I Tech Store
- News Connection Store
- News Express Store
- Restrooms

Airside E: Terminal E consist of gates 62-75.

Terminal E Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal E:
- Air Canada
- Delta
- Song
- United Airlines

Terminal E Shops, Restaurants, and Facilities:
- ATM Machines
- Bijoux Terner
- Restrooms
- Delta Sky Club Airline Lounge
- Duty Free Store
- I Tech Store
- Tampa Bay Store

Airside F: Terminal F consist of gates 76-90.

Terminal F Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal F:
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Cayman
- US Airways
- US Airways Express
- West Jet

Terminal F Shops, Restaurants, and Facilities:
- ATM Machines
- Restrooms
- US Airways Club Airline Lounge
- Chili’s Too
- Gulf Coast Merchnatile Store
- Popeyes
- Duty Free
- Flatbreadz
- I Tech Store

Baggage Carts and Skycap : Baggage carts service is available at the entrances and exits and on the Baggage Claim Level. Smarte Carte service is also available in the parking garages and Terminal Building. Fees are $3.00 with a 25˘ return refund. Skycap service is available throughout the airport.

Special Needs and other Facilities: Wheelchair and medical assistance is available at the airport for passengers with special needs and disabilities.

For minor medical assistance, personnel at the First Aid Station is available.

Airport Information Booths are located throughout the Landside Building for any assistance.

Disabled Parking is provided on all levels of both the Long Term and Short Term Garage and adjacent to the bus stops in the Remote Parking Lot.

Baggage Claim area: Baggage claim level is categorized into RED on the North side and BLUE on the south side. Passengers have to refer to the signage over the escalator or elevator to check which side they have to take. The Baggage Claim Level includes the following services:
- All ground transportation including taxi cabs, buses, limos and hotel shuttles
- All on-Airport rental car counters
- Public telephones
- Restrooms
- Courtesy phones for local hotels & off-site rental cars
- White courtesy phones for passenger paging
- Smartecartes
- Skycap service
- Ground Transportation Information Kiosks

City of Tampa: City of Tampa, one of the most crowded city in Florida is the largest city in Hillsborough County. It is located on the west coast of Florida, approximately 200 miles northwest of Miami, 180 southwest of Jacksonville, and 20 miles northeast of St. Petersburg.

The population of the city represents approximately one-third of the total population of Hillsborough County. Tampa's economy is founded on a diverse base that includes tourism, agriculture, construction, finance, health care, government, technology, and the port of Tampa.

Tampa History: In 1513, Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon arrived in Tampa Bay area and settled in eastern Florida. U.S. Army established Fort Brooke to protect the harbor at Tampa Bay in 1824. Tampa Bay began its development once it became a part of United States in 1845. The key components behind Tampa City’s commercial success are the Tampa Bay and Hillsborough River.

At present Tampa have many towers and buildings that house many major banks and an increasing number of other corporations. The Tampa Convention Center, overlooking the Hillsborough River, offers meeting facilities and features an erupting fire and water sculpture.

Tampa has evolved into a multi-cultural, diverse business center with sustainable communities for its citizens. People from diverse culture and of all ages reach here to release the worries and providing them a lovely and memorable place to stay. The Story of Tampa is a 4' x 8' oil on masonite mural and can be found in the lobby of the Tampa Municipal Office Building.

Tampa Attractions:

Busch Gardens & Adventure Island: Busch Gardens is a family entertainment park with African theme, which offers naturalistic animal habitats, thrill rides, live entertainment, shopping, and dining.

Convention Center and Tourism: Tampa Convention Center's is the city major hub for meetings and one can enjoy the sparkling waterfront and light of the Florida sunshine right into your meeting rooms. Beautifully appointed décor and soft sophisticated colors cushion your comfort and sense of space. Unique architectural designs create a setting that showcases the natural surroundings.

Florida Aquarium: The Florida Aquarium is a three-story, glass domed aquarium featuring exhibits related to Florida's ecosystem and aquatic habitats.

Henry B. Plant Museum: The Henry B. Plant Museum is housed in the south wing of Plant Hall, the former Tampa Bay Hotel. The museum displays furnishings and gilded art original to the hotel. Exhibits trace the history of the hotel and the Tampa area.

Lowry Park Zoo: Recognized as the one of the best family-friendly Zoo in the United States by Child magazine, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo features more than 2,000 animals on 56 acres of lush, natural habitats in seven main exhibit areas.

Museum of Science & Industry: The Museum of Science and Industry is a science and technology center containing more than 400,000 square feet of exhibits and hands-on displays.  Features include a hurricane simulator, a planetarium, and an IMAX Dome theater.

Tampa Bay History Center: This 60,000-square-foot, waterfront building includes a stunning three-story atrium, a Museum Store full of unique treasures and the Columbia Cafe serving some of its signature dishes. The Tampa Bay History Center displays artifacts, memorabilia, maps, military uniforms and photographs depicting life in the Tampa Bay region from past to present.


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