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Airport Construction

Tampa International Airport’s massive $1 billion construction plan began on December 1, 2014. Passengers and guests have seen some significant changes at the airport that has made navigating the airport terminals more confusing and more crowded and certainly less efficient.

These changes have affected the location of the off airport parking shuttle, economy TPA parking garage shuttle, taxis, hotel shuttles, Supershuttle, cruise ship bus stops and other ground transportation operators. Visitors may also notice increased traffic on airport roads.

The ground transportation area as well as the taxi and bus stands on the east side of the ground-floor baggage claim area have been closed so that construction can start inside the main terminal. All off airport parking shuttles and any other transportation options are now at west side of the baggage claim area. All ground transportation can only be found on the west end of the terminal on both the red side and blue side. No ground transportation buses are permitted to pick up curbside of the baggage claim areas

Signage inside the baggage claim terminal is confusing are largely ineffective. The ground transportation pickup areas are red 1 and blue 2 of ground transportation. The confusing part of the airport signage is there is also a red 1 and blue 2 in the baggage claim areas. So travelers have to be very clear that they are at the correct red one or blue 2 or they will be waiting a long time for a shuttle that never arrives. The airport could have easily solved this problem by numbering red 1 and blue 2 in ground transportation differently than the rest of the airport. Seasoned TIA travelers are aware of the ground transportation circle but if your new to the airport or an infrequent traveler it can be very confusing.

Things will really get messy on the third-floor terminal when work on the west end starts in August 2015 before the east end is finished. Next year TIA will also start tearing down the old concession spaces in the terminal and airsides and building new ones. Patrons can expect more changes in how they use TIA as construction runs through 2017.

Parking Tips

Whether you choose Memorial Airport Parking or somewhere else. No matter where you park, follow these helpful parking tips!

General Parking Guidelines:

  1. Remove valuable items (electronics, money, jewelry, media, anything worth more than $1.) from your vehicle. If not possible, store them in the trunk. At the very least, place them out of sight in the vehicle. Cover them with a piece of clothing.
  2. If parking for more than a couple of days in a humid environment, consider purchasing and opening a can of desiccant in the vehicle. Sold at drug and hardware stores. This product will absorb moisture so your vehicle does not smell musty when you return.
  3. Make certain that all windows are closed including the sunroof.
  4. Turn your lights off!
  5. Unplug cell phone chargers and other accessory power supplies.
  6. Inflate your tires to recommended pressures.
  7. If it’s winter, make sure you leave an ice scraper in the vehicle.
  8. Consider a hide-a-key on your vehicle. If you lose your keys on a trip, you will still be able to get in.
  9. Lock your vehicle and put your keys in a safe place where they will stay for the duration of your trip. Self-park facilities will not keep your keys for you.
  10. If you are concerned about dings and dents… walk around your car and make note of existing dings and dents before you part ways. You may discover one that you were not aware of. When you return, walk around your vehicle and again look for dings and dents. Any new ones should be reported before you leave the parking facility. Important: Any vehicle damage needs to be reported BEFORE you leave the parking facility.
  11. Remove trash from your car so it doesn’t smell when you return.

For Self-Parking

Choosing a good parking spot requires some careful consideration:

  1. Do not park under a tree! It looks inviting, but:

    Wind could snap a branch and…broken windshield!
    Birds! Need I say more?
    Sap! Don’t be one!
    Leaves, pollen, yuck.

  2. Do not squeeze in between two large vehicles! Door DENTS!!!
  3. If the surface is paved, don’t choose a spot with an obvious low spot if you think it might be raining when you return; or if it’s raining when you are parking. Puddles are for poodles!
  4. Make sure ALL doors are closed completely and locked.
  5. When you check in, the attendant will tell you to wait by or in your vehicle for the shuttle to come and get you. The driver should be expected to take your luggage from your vehicle and load it into the shuttle.
  6. If self-parking, lock your vehicle and put your keys in a place they will stay for the duration of the trip. Self-park facilities will not keep your keys for you

For Valet Parking

Follow general preparations above plus:

  1. If you are at all concerned that a driver will put miles on your car… write down the odometer reading or punch it into your smart phone or PDA. Or write the mileage on your claim check. It is highly unlikely that your vehicle will be removed from the parking facility. But, recording the mileage will put your mind at ease when you return.
  2. If you find that your radio has been reset upon your return… this probably means that your battery went dead in your absence and your car had to be jump started by the valet driver. A dead or weak battery will usually reset your radio presets.
  3. Take your house keys off of your car key ring. Put them in your luggage. If your vehicle came with a Valet key, give only that key to the Valet driver.
  4. It’s not a bad idea to have a spare vehicle key with you in addition to the key you give to the Valet. The reason is that sometimes, rarely, but it happens, the parking facility will lose your key. If you have a spare, you won’t have to wait around until they find it.

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