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TPA had its second busiest day ever during the Thanksgiving holiday

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Outside Rum Fish Grill at Airside C at Tampa International Airport

Tampa is a major travel destination. Fortunately, we have the best airport ever (an unofficial yet still prestigious award we bestow upon our local airport) to greet travelers. Tampa International Airport readied itself for what was estimated to be a high-traffic holiday season.

From Thursday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Nov. 26, the Airport handled 5,844 flights – an 18 percent increase over last year’s Thanksgiving period – and served 840,000 passengers, according to a report on TPA’s website.

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The Airport had its second-busiest day in history on Sunday, Nov. 26, as 89,018 passengers traveled through TPA. The busiest was on March 19, 2023 – the peak of spring break – when 90,320 passengers traveled through the Airport.

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Phoebe the Flamingo at Tampa International Airport

“Thanks to robust planning, preparation and execution by our various Airport teams – as well as our TSA, FAA, CBP and concessions partners – we delivered a first-class customer experience during one of the busiest times of the year,” Tiliacos said. “Throughout the week, we did what we do best in our business – connecting hundreds of thousands of people with friends and family efficiently and, more importantly, safely.”

We are just now entering what will be an even busier travel season at the airport. TPA continues to urge passengers to pre-book parking online, arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure, and use the Blue Express Curbs for faster drop-off and pick-up when possible.

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