TAMPA — Tampa International Airport will accept bids starting Oct. 18 for a nine-story commercial building that is part of the airport's $1.5 billion expansion.
The 270,000-square-foot building will include the headquarters of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, which will occupy two floors, Chris Minner, the executive vice president of marketing said Thursday at the monthly board meeting. Construction is expected to begin in August and finish by 2020.
Work already is under way on a new rental car center and SkyConnect train slated to be ready in February. The expansion includes new concessions, 11 due to open by the end of this year and the remaining 13 scheduled to start business in 2018.
The new concessions and other improvements will support the growing number of visitors to the Tampa Bay area. Total airline passenger traffic at TIA rose 7.3 percent year-over-year in August while international visitors increased 6.5 percent.
In other action:
• Hurricane Irma caused no significant physical damage to airport facilities, officials said, but 838 flights were canceled from Sept. 9 to 12. The airport was fully operational by Sept. 15.
• Starting Sunday, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority bus operations will route three bus lines to the airport. They are Route 30 from downtown Tampa, Route 32 from Netpark Transfer Center and Route 60LX from Brandon Mall. A shuttle will take passengers from the dropoff to the main terminal until the new SkyConnect train is operational in early 2018.
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