Tampa Bay Times - Malena Carollo

Passenger counts at Tampa International Airport dropped to their lowest levels since 1993. Airport executives projected a shortfall in operating revenue to the tune of $74.6 million by September. And airport officials pushed back $906 million in construction projects through 2025.

But the drop in travel had a silver lining: Construction crews working on major renovations at Tampa International could put in longer hours without disturbing passengers. As a result, a handful of projects included in the airport’s $2 billion “master plan” are ahead of schedule.

Tampa International is currently in its second of three phases for the plan. Much of the current phase is scheduled to be finished later this year or early next. Among the slated projects are building a new Taxiway A Bridge, a new plant that controls utilities such as air conditioning for the airport and a nine-story office building and atrium called SkyCenter.

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