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TPA named one of the best airports in America by the Wall Street Journal

a giant flamingo sculpture
Phoebe the Flamingo at Tampa International Airport

Tampa International Airport (TPA) was just named one of the top 10 midsize airports in the country by The Wall Street Journal.  “The Best and Worst U.S. Airports of 2023,” is a ranking of the 50 busiest airports in the country

Wall Street Journal created its list by evaluating reliability and value & convenience. This is in addition to 30 different subcategories assessing everything from the rate of on-time arrivals and departures to the number of dining options and shops, bathrooms, and seating quality.

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Exterior of a restaurant in an airport terminal. The cafe features large brown tables and an illuminated menu behind the register.
Cafe by Mise En Place is located in Airside F | Photo by Andrew Harlan

TPA ranks high for its public art program, pre- and post-security efficiencies, and its major renovations continue to make a visit to the airport a breeze. The blue express lanes are a game changer when dropping off friends at the airport.

The airport is readying for a hectic travel season. On average, nearly 80,000 passengers a day are expected to pass through TPA in the 11-day holiday travel period surrounding Thanksgiving, between Nov. 16 and Nov. 26. Passenger projections suggest the two busiest days will likely be the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday following Thanksgiving. An estimated 84,000 to 87,000 passengers are expected to pass through the Airport on each of those two days.

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