Tampa International Airport (TPA) has announced it is incorporating Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) into its Master Plan just as “the FAA says electric aircrafts could be carrying passengers by 2024/25”.
TPA has just provided an update of its big Master Plan. According to the That’s So Tampa website “The huge additions to the airport focus on customer convenience and overall efficiency from the time you arrive at the airport to when you hit your gate. One of the most exciting additions to the airport could be electric planes. These vessels are meant for regional travel and could mean one day we’d see flights available between Tampa and St. Pete or Sarasota.
“Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, which oversees TPA, are already in talks with leaders in the advanced air mobility industry, such as Ferrovial, BETA Technologies, Skyports, Joby, and Wisk. TPA officials have identified spots in the city that are already perfect for vertiports. Some of the first companies creating these electric airplanes could have the vessels certified and ready to launch by 2025.
“During the Master Plan presentation, TPA officials also provided updates on Airside D. The new terminal will enable the Airport to serve an additional 13 million passengers by 2037, according to a release by TPA. Airside D’s 16 gates will serve domestic and international flights, bringing TPA’s total gates to 72. The building will be about 563,000 square feet with vast concessions space, an outdoor terrace, state-of-the-art Customs and security facilities, as well as new screening, gate check-in and bag processing technologies.”
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