How to Find Cheap Air Travel to/from Tampa Bay

Everyone has heard about the Wright Brothers and their air travel adventures. But how many people know that Tampa Bay was the birthplace of commercial airline service in 1914? Although Tampa International Airport (airport code TPA) did not exist back then, it will help you get to and from the Tampa Bay area now. The airport’s design received much praise when it was opened in 1971, though it is now close to capacity and so might seem too crowded. Expansions currently on the drawing board should double the number of passengers the airport can accommodate. Tampa is considered one of the strongest markets in Florida for Continental Airlines, and other carriers with a large presence at Tampa are Southwest Airlines and Delta Airlines.

You will find a complete list of carriers serving Tampa International here and a flight tracking is available here for incoming and outgoing flights. Terminal information and maps are available for the Baggage Claim Level here, Ticketing Level here and Transfer Level here. Among the services available at the airport are Airport Birthday Parties (information here). Yes, Tampa International invites you to celebrate your child’s birthday at the airport. Free WiFi is available throughout the airport and instructions for its use are here. Shopping and dining options are listed here (and for a bit of trivia, the Tampa Bay airport is home to the TGI Friday’s restaurant that makes the most money in the entire USA). Ground transportation options, including car rentals, buses and taxis, can be found here. The airport has about the coolest cell phone waiting lot around, with a large display board showing up to the minute information about arriving flights, and the lot even features WiFi access. If you are driving to the airport, you will find driving directions here, and you can save time and money on Tampa Bay airport parking if you book it in advance.

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