Planes and Trains: TPA Lands 11 New Routes and an Artsy SkyConnect

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It seems we need to reiterate this sentiment again: Tampa International Airport is killing it in the aviation game. TPA is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed airport replete with top tier food and retail spots, lauded customer service, and a slew of events to activate local residents and arriving passengers.

Multi-million dollar renovations take shape at TPA

12 new SkyConnect train cars arrived at Port Tampa Bay in mid-July and are now on the airport’s guideway. The trains cars are tattooed with images of egrets and other birds that inhabit the Tampa Bay area. SkyConnect will rapidly take passengers between the main terminal, the economy garage and a new state-of-the-art rental car center.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc., which is providing the automated train system, calls the exterior design one of the most unique in the world. The interior of the cars include educational information about the birds.

Frontier ups winter service to warm weather destinations

In addition to the fast completion of TPA’s multi-million dollar renovations, Frontier Airlines announced 11 new routes from Tampa to premier cities throughout the country.

Destinations include:

  • Buffalo
  • Colorado Springs
  • Columbus
  • Indianapolis 
  • Islip
  • Kansas City 
  • Milwaukee 
  • Minneapolis 
  • Nashville
  • Providence 
  • St. Louis

The overall service expansion increases the low-fare airlines’ number of destinations by 30 percent and doubles the number of total routes. Nonstop routes in particular will nearly double by the summer of 2018 to 314. The expansion places a specific emphasis on winter service to warm weather destinations such as Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Fort Myers and Cancun.

Visit Frontier Airlines’ website for further details and to purchase tickets.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of ThatsSoTampa.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape.” He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. Phone: (727) 896-3435 / Email: andrew@rkc.me