WATCH: Tampa Airport implodes rental car garage

Tampa International Airport implodes red side garage.

BOOM baby! That’s right, Tampa International Airport just made major strides in improvements to its already spectacular facility. TPA imploded the red side rental garage just after 2am on August 20. This will make way for an expansion that will help the airport serve 34 million passengers annually.

What are they making room for? TPA will now add new express curbsides, designed for passengers with no checked bags, as well as a guideway to the future Airside D.

In total, TPA will add 8 new lanes to the red express curbside area, expediting the entire departure/arrival experience. The less congestion when that friends needs a late night ride back from the airport, the better.

Construction is set to be complete by 2024.

TPA restaurants then and now 😳 #TBT

Posted by Tampa International Airport on Thursday, August 15, 2019

The airport’s Phase 2 Master Plan projects also includes a state-of-the-art Central Utility Plant that will help the airport run more efficiently and sustainably, a concessions loading dock, and the demolition of the airport’s old administration building.

Also part of Phase 2 is the SkyCenter development area. This 35-acre site located near the Rental Car Center will be home to a new nine story office building, hotel, and new retail space. The area will also feature a connection to Tampa Bay’s regional trail system.

Recently, airport officials launched a new program that opened up TPA’s shopping and dining to those who don’t have flights.

Today, may we share an appreciation for the thousand-ton vessels that defy gravity and allow us to explore the world. Today, we celebrate the magic of flight. Happy #NationalAviationDay!

Posted by Tampa International Airport on Monday, August 19, 2019

Keep up with TPA by following the airport on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (seriously, they send out some fire tweets). There’s a lot to learn about Tampa International Airport. Here are 8 things you may not have known about TPA.

Need to scratch that travel itch? This flight from TPA will change the way you travel forever, according to Conde Nast.

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