Simple Flying - Luke Bodell

Airside A and Airside E security areas will get a major revamp.

Tampa International Airport (TPA) has begun construction work to expand TSA screening areas at its Airside A and E checkpoints. These areas have often been bottlenecks for passengers as they were designed before the post-9/11 industry security changes.

This $65 million project aims to enhance queueing space, add screening lanes, and improve passenger experience.

TPA's long-term plans include increasing annual capacity up to 38 million passengers, with future projects like the Airside D expansion ready to restart.

The project - led by Boston-based design-build firm Suffolk Construction, in partnership with consulting firm AECOM - will cost over $65 million and is funded almost entirely with bonds and $525,000 in Federal grants. Construction work has now started, with the project scheduled for completion by the summer of 2025.

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