Dartland From United States of America, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 646 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2773 times:
I was wondering about TPA. I've never been there, but keep hearing what a nice airport it is and fairly unique to be in a decently large city with significant O&D traffic but no 1 dominant airline (kinda like BOS, actually, with a lot less attention on A.net!)
Question: What non-hub destinations are served from TPA? What international destinations? Any hope for TPA becoming more of a major airport w/o a dominant airline or is there an airline that will become dominant there in the near future?
Gokmengs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1137 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2762 times:
I lived in Tampa, FL for 5 years and when I left TPA for New York(2 years ago) they were in the process of making major renovation to the airport. I can especially speak for the Terminal that DL uses and it was supposed to look like a golf course when it was finished. DL already upgraded their facilities there 3 years ago I guess and it was nice and clean. However I too am curious about the progress of the renovations.
Gokmengs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1137 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2748 times:
Quoting Crogalski (Reply 2): I think DL does some, AA, BA does a TPA-Gatwick 3 or 4x a week.. I've seen LTU a few times... I think its a charter though..
DL doesn't fly international from TPA for sure. AA could be flying to the caribbean or LatAm but I seriously doubt that too when they have the MIA hub within a short hop of a flight. I know for a fact BA flies there though.
FLALEFTY From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2682 times:
Westjet and Air Canada both provide TPA with daily services to Canada.
The TPA-LGW flight has an interesting history: In the late-1970s, Laker introduced the service with DC-10s. After their demise, Arrow Air attempted the route using DC-8s. The route went dormant for years until British Airways started it back up (I believe in the late-1990s).
most traffic is hub based, but with so many airlines going there, that covers a great deal of the country, and then there are also some P2P that covers more. Also some focus cities get service, like DL TPA-LAX for instance. TPA and LAX aren't DL hubs, but both are focus cities.
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2472 times:
Hmmmm, I know BA used to fly the 747 into TPA as well.
I even have a picture of it that I took with my little 110 camera when I was a kid.
AC brought in the L-1011 and 747. Northwest used to bring in DC-10's and the 747. Pan-Am had the L-1011, A-300(310?) and 747 in TPA. Ahhhhh the good ol days.....
I miss em'
LGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1149 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2443 times:
The first TPA-London service was TPA-LHR served briefly by National with a DC-10-30, I am thinking 1979-1980 right up to the merger with Pan Am. Not long after the merger Pan Am for several years operated a 747 TPA-IAD-LHR and return. It often had a light passenger and fuel load and I remember fondly watching it depart 36L often being airbourne in 3000-4000 feet and surprising many others watching, ah the memories !
Ffis34 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2394 times:
hey hey guys,
i live here in tampa, well seminole...about half hour west....i love going to TPA its one of the cleanest and best run airport i have ever been to and i get around alot for a 16 year old about 10-12 times a year...anyways BA's 777 lately well like this time last year was served by like mid atlantic charters or something its there 767..but thats during BA's troubled times....I remeber a few years back when southwest just started becoming a larger part of TPA doing 20 30 flights daily, i would always fly to ISP to visit family...the best memory i have of TPA is DL and there 777's about once a week they would fly down to do a TPA-ATL route and the flight would always be empty...now we have air tran and ted united jet blue southwest all sorts...i cant wait for the final plan to go through...new terminals runways all sorts i stoked about it...
727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6809 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2350 times:
Quoting Crogalski (Reply 2): I know that the HCAA is planning on adding another runway this year..
I know...JEEZ! Why the **** do they need another runway? They use one at half capacity. And they've got a third runway that is usable.
Quoting LGA777 (Reply 11): Not long after the merger Pan Am for several years operated a 747 TPA-IAD-LHR and return. It often had a light passenger and fuel load and I remember fondly watching it depart 36L often being airbourne in 3000-4000 feet and surprising many others watching, ah the memories !
Holy sh**!! Were you standing next to me?????
Quoting FLALEFTY (Reply 13): IIRC this flight was actually routed TPA-MIA-LHR, plus, it sometimes had that "same flight number, but equipment change enroute" trickery that was popular with major airlines in that day.
LGA777, I think he's right. BUT, did National have a TPA-FRA?
I feel woozy....what did you put in that Pudding Pop?
FutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2312 times:
TPA is the most spotter friendly airport in the immediate area. MCO has gotten really bad. JAX closed the spotting park. SFB will castrate you if you try to stop and get anything. GNV is dead as far traffic during many times of the days.
DTWAGENT From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2266 times:
I remember flying DL on an L-1011 Non-stop from DTW to TPA back in the 70's. I also remember flying into the old airport non-stop from DTW on a DC-8 and flying out of the new TPA a week later right after it opened. Was neat. It is a nice airport to get around in. Better the MCO or DTW.
Layzhon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2219 times:
In there master plan there are plans for a runway parallel to 36L to the west that will be about 11000ft and also an extension of 2000 Ft to runway 18L.
Tampa has one of the most user friendly airports in the world along with Paris Orly airport same design.WN passed DL last year of being the largest operator out of TPA. I DL does the connection flights CHQ to various cities like DAY, PNS, RDU, BHM and COM to GSP just to name a few. TPA will always have good numbers because they can rely on tourists, however MCO remains more attractive with chronic business due to the theme parks. I see TPA staying about where it is for the next few years. They are the 4th largest in terms of passengers in the state, MCO now being the first followed by MIA then FLL. I would like to see TPA become a focus city for an airline besides WN but I don't see it in the near future.
MD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2197 times:
I know DL does: ATL,CVG,JFK,SLC,BOS,BDL,LAX,LGA with mainline and FLL,TLH,PNS,EYW,CMH,RIC,GSP,BHM on connection and maybe a few others that I may have forgot. DL recently heavily cut back on Florida RJ runs though.
Mkirch72 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 198 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2178 times:
Quoting Gokmengs (Reply 3): DL doesn't fly international from TPA for sure. AA could be flying to the caribbean or LatAm but I seriously doubt that too when they have the MIA hub within a short hop of a flight. I know for a fact BA flies there though
AA flies non-stop to San Juan from TPA. I'm not sure but I believe it's daily. They are currently using a 757 for the service. Last time I flew it was in December and it was full there and back.