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2.8 million fliers set spring break record at Tampa International

Beachgoers crowd along the sand and surf March 12 on Clearwater Beach. Tampa International Airport had predicted record crowds for spring break this year, and they got them. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
Beachgoers crowd along the sand and surf March 12 on Clearwater Beach. Tampa International Airport had predicted record crowds for spring break this year, and they got them. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
Published May 2, 2019

TAMPA — Tampa International Airport braced itself this year for its biggest spring break ever, and that's exactly what it got.

The airport had 2.8 million passengers from March 5 through April 9, the period during which waves of spring breakers head to Florida for a week of revelry.

The passenger count was 7 percent more than spring break 2018.

Passengers checked 852,341 bags, including 34,024 on March 30 alone. That's the most on a single day since 2008.