Tampa International Airport
Conveniently located just six miles outside of the city center, Tampa International is a major maintenance hub for North American Airlines, and a central flight zone for both Silver Airways and Southwest Airlines. It currently offers non-stop trips to 78 domestic and international destinations, a bulk of which can be found in the Caribbean. There is also only one other airport that schedules routine charters to Cuba.
Tampa International transported 17 million passengers in 2013, and this figure is expected to rise steadily in the coming years. Once recent expansion projects are completed, the airport’s traffic capacity is expected to reach 25 million annually. Tampa International has received high praise and a high rate of customer satisfaction in reports from companies like JD Power and Associate and Zagat Survey.
Flights to Tampa International Airport
Delta, Southwest Airlines, and US Airways are the largest airliners that schedule regular flights to and from the airport, with American Airlines, United, jetBlue, AirTran, Frontier Airlines, and Silver Airways comprising the bulk of secondary carriers. International passengers can fly into Tampa via Copa, Aeroflot, and Hawaiian Airlines.
What to Do in Tampa
The city’s humid subtropical climate comes as a paradise for tourists visiting from the northern U.S. and colder regions, especially during the winter season. Temperatures in the summer months regularly climb past the 90-degree mark, so don’t forget to pack your bathing suit.
Miles of beaches line the South Atlantic, but keep in mind that Tampa has a bustling nightlife as well! The city’s local theater has been around since 1926, and is famous for playing the Wurlitzer organ prior to the opening credits. Who can forget Busch Gardens, widely considered the best wildlife theme park in Florida (and possibly the country)? Reward yourself with a long walk down Bayshore Boulevard after a day in the city; you will be happy you did!
Money Saving Tips for Your Trip to Tampa
Car rentals are the cheapest way to travel in the city, so luckily there are many well-known agencies within walking distance from Tampa International. For cheap food and free, live entertainment, visit the downtown first-Friday-of-the-month-fest. A few local mid-price range restaurants include Mr. Dunderbak’s, Bahama Breeze, Fuego, and The NoHo Bistro.
Flying to Florida in the peak season can get expensive, especially when you do not have time to book in advance. Use our free hotel price comparison tool to get the best rates on lodging. You can also find an affordable set of wheels to get around Tampa by using our car rental comparison tool. It’s free! Reserve smart and save!