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Tampa International Airport

Tampa International Airport
Airport information
 Location of TPA
Airport typePublic
OwnerHillsborough County Aviation Authority
ServesTampa, Florida
Elevation8 m (26 ft)
Total Passengers16645765
Aircraft operations279,183 (2008)
Based aircraft90 (2008)

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Tampa International Airport is a major public airport located six nautical miles (11 km) west of the central business district of Tampa, in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. This airport is publicly owned by Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. It serves the Tampa Bay Area and has been widely praised for its attractive architecture and Landside/Airside design of a central terminal ("landside") connected by people movers to satellite gates ("airsides"), a pioneering concept when initially designed in the late 1960s. The airport was known as Drew Field Municipal Airport until 1952.

Tampa International Airport currently serves as a main hub for Gulfstream International Airlines under the Continental Connection name. It is also the main aircraft and maintenance base for World Airways and North American Airlines. Today, Southwest Airlines carries the largest share of TPA passengers, operating a peak-season schedule of over 80 daily flights. The airport presently serves 71 non-stop destinations, including international service to Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and to destinations throughout the Caribbean. The airport handled 16,645,765 passengers in 2010, making it the 30th busiest airport by passenger movements in North America. International Plaza and Bay Street is adjacent to the airport.

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