Travel + Leisure Readers Rate TPA as Top Tier Airport

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The Tampa International Airport is marinating in high praise from top publications, critics and passengers. Outstanding customer service, excellent amenities and locally inspired restaurants/bars continue to put TPA in the upper echelon of airports.

Travel + Leisure readers wholeheartedly agree. Design with a sense of place and easy access played heavily into airport rankings. What’s more impressive about Tampa’s current standing is the airport’s Master Plan has yet to be fully realized. As is, the airport is a hub for food and fashion, libations and luxury. A new public art piece, “The Tendril,”  has coiled itself in the rafters of Airside F.

Food, art and access elevate TPA

The nationally acclaimed sweets emporium, Dylan’s Candy Bar, is satisfying the cravings of eager travelers.  Local staples Square 1 Burgers, Bella’s Café, Burger 21, Kahwa Coffee and more all have a presence in the terminals at TPA.

New tram cars, expanded parking, a large pre-security retail center and more are in the works for the airport in the future. We haven’t even touched on the new nonstop routes the air has landed: Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Diego, Toronto and Montreal, just to name a few.

Airport defined by growth and innovation 

Need further proof TPA is an innovation domain? Autonomous driving technology and a 17-acre commercial development are in the works, as well.

TPA ranked third overall on Travel + Leisure’s list. The only hubs above Tampa are Portland and Indianapolis. See the full list on Travel + Leisure’s website.

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