Travelers, construction at Tampa International Airport to resume in 2022, on budget

Members of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, which governs Tampa International Airport, got their first glimpse of the 2022 budget proposal last week.

TPA expects to end the current exercise in the dark, thanks to increased passenger numbers and federal assistance.

Tampa International Airport

Passenger figures at Tampa International Airport since 2016.

“At present, the Authority expects to end fiscal year 2021 with revenues of approximately $ 12.5 million, or 5.7% above budget, operating expenses of approximately $ 2.3 million, or 34.9% better than the 2021 budget, “the airport said in its introduction to the budget proposal.

Work will begin next year on projects delayed by the pandemic, such as replacing some of the shuttle trains that run between the main terminal and the airside gates.

The airport projects it will serve 7,798,619 passengers this year and 10,275,681 in 2022. Pent demand for vacation travel is leading the turnaround.

“Despite passenger traffic approaching pre-COVID levels, operating revenues continue to be impacted by the combination of increased leisure traffic and a decline in business and international passengers, which resulted in lower passenger spending, ”airport officials said.

The authority will vote on the budget at its next meeting, scheduled for September 2.

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