Nomorerjs From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2226 times:
Love TPA! Would like to see some airline have the testicles to make this the next hub to Latin America. I hate connecting in MIA and would like this to be the alternative to MIA. But one can only dream. Sorry MIA.
MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17657 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2216 times:
"Love TPA! Would like to see some airline have the testicles to make this the next hub to Latin America. I hate connecting in MIA and would like this to be the alternative to MIA. But one can only dream. Sorry MIA.
Problem is there is very litte local traffic to Latin America. That's what makes Miami Miami, and Tampa just another Charlotte in terms of Latin American traffic.
Graham697 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2034 times:
You poor sould, well we are one of those major markets that seems to be in it teen years. The Tampa Metro is growing quickly and doesn't have to rely on the mouse for support. Along with our lower operating costs and lovely beaches I might add, we are the city that is growing up to be big. BA has served TPA for almost 8 years (I think, didn't they start service in 1997?), we must have never lost money on the route as they continue to upgrade and serve it. More recently our international traffic has fallen off, with the withdrawl of Thomas Cook/Condor. The authority is trying to bring back international travel to a market that is not yet proven, which creates a few problems. Let alone the stupid MCO down the 4, as you can tell I am not a proMCOer on this board. Any how the HCAA can get pretty much any domestic service it thinks we would need and so international is the weak spot they are trying to focus on more, but also retaining domestic service at the same time. For more information about TPA go to: http://www.tampaairport.com
For more information about Tampa go to: http://www.visittampabay.com
For more information about the City of Tampa go to: http://www.tampagov.net
Miamix707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2020 times:
I haven't been to Tampa in years,and actually I've only passed by on the way to Bradenton/Clearwater. I was at the Buccaneers stadium about 10 years ago, not sure where that is exactly. Some people in the past, told me it was boring/ugly and others more recently say it's good and there are more things to do (Ybor City). Even St Pete that was known exclusively as a retirement community now I hear it's not so anymore. A friend who now lives in Tampa says there is a really bad side of town wheres in Orlando the bad areas are not that bad. I've also been told people in Tampa are more friendly than either Orlando or Miami.
Is good to hear the city is growing, I don't know it will ever draw as many tourists as Miami or O-town. Are there any big companies, business or factories planning to establish themselves in the Tampa Bay area?
Groundstop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2019 times:
I believe BA may have started nonstop service in 1997. Prior to that time, service to TPA was via BDA with a mix of aircraft including D10's and L10's.
Verizon (after taking over GTE) is a major player in Tampa as well as Citibank. Also, Raymond James Financial Group (for which the new stadium is named after) has several offices in Tampa as well as across the Howard Franklin Bridge in St. Pete.
Moman From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1054 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1890 times:
Tampa is progressing very nicely as a town. The Bucs stadium has been replaced 6 years ago making it among the newest and nicest NFL stadiums, along with the downtown area which has been cleaned up. St. Pete still is lacking along with clearwater.
I've never had problems getting out of TPA on airplanes and MCO is just a short ride away. I think both airports are quite nice and I feel privledged to live within two hours of one of the top tourist destinations of the country (Orlando) and near one of the easiest airports to navigate (TPA).