Tampa International employees will forgo merit raises as the airport braces for continued declines in passenger traffic.
The board that oversees Tampa International Airport approved a $189-million budget Thursday that assumes slightly higher revenue for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
Major construction projects will move ahead, said airport director Louis Miller. But money-saving measures imposed this year, such as running fewer shuttles and escalators, will continue.
Airport employees will get a 2.5 percent cost-of-living raise, but merit raises, which averaged 2 percent this year, will be skipped for the first time in five years.