Advertisement
  1. Business

United Airlines seeks to build new $33M hangar at Tampa International

The facility would be built east of the terminal at N West Shore and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards
United Airlines is looking to build a hangar on 9.5 acres just east of the terminal at Tampa International Airport for its Boeing 737s. Photo via United Airline
United Airlines is looking to build a hangar on 9.5 acres just east of the terminal at Tampa International Airport for its Boeing 737s. Photo via United Airline
Published Feb. 11, 2019

TAMPA — United Airlines is looking to expand its operations at Tampa International Airport with a new $33 million maintenance hangar.

The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority on Thursday will consider leasing the airline 9.5 acres at the southwest corner of N West Shore and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards. The land, which is east of Tampa International's terminal and airfield, would become home to a two-bay maintenance hangar and tarmac for United's Boeing 737 jets.

Talks about United building a new maintenance facility at the airport have been underway since 2015. The airline flies 277 flights a week, serving six markets, into or out of Tampa International. In December, it carried 9.7 percent of passengers flying to or from Tampa, making it the airport's fifth largest airline, behind Southwest, Delta, American and Spirit airlines.

In June, United plans to double its daily service between Tampa and San Francisco to twice a day. The expanded service will allow business fliers to get to San Francisco for an afternoon meeting or dinner and return to Tampa on the new red-eye flight.

BACKGROUND: Another United Airlines' Tampa-to-San Francisco flight opens possibilities for business travelers and those headed to Asia

As proposed, United would build the hangar. It would lease the land from the airport. It would start to pay rent 24 months after the agreement is approved, whenever its new hangar is finished or as soon as it starts to use the property for its operations, whichever comes first. United would pay $297,950 during the first year of the 20-year agreement, with the rent rising annually in line with changes in the consumer price index. The airline would receive a rent credit of about $1.2 million for doing site preparation work that normally would be the responsibility of the airport.

The United hangar would be just west across West Shore Boulevard from a 70-acre area where the airport is looking to expand its growing cargo operations. In October, the aviation authority hired a Massachusetts firm, the Middlesex Corp., to design and build an expansion estimated to cost $72 million. The airport saw more than a 100 percent increase in the weight of cargo shipped from 2015 to the middle of last year, a rate of growth only second to Cincinnati.

MORE: Go here for more Business News

Contact Richard Danielson at rdanielson@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3403. Follow @Danielson_Times

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Tampa Premium Outlets, 2300 Grand Cypress Drive. The area’s newest outlet is touting the shop tax free weekend and extra savings on top of already reduced prices.
    Deputies are searching for a suspect. There is no public safety threat.
  2. Mike Bishop joins Pasco EDC staff. [Pasco EDC]
    News and notes on Pasco businesses
  3. Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
    News and notes on Hernando businesses
  4. A beer is pictured in the outdoor games area of Park & Rec on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    The Towers of Channelside condo association has filed a lawsuit against the bar, as residents complain about noise.
  5. Yacht StarShip, a dining and water taxi company, has added the Lost Pearl pirate ship to its fleet just in time for Gasparilla. [Yacht StarShip]
    After years entertaining tourists in Virginia Beach, the Lost Pearl is settling into its new Tampa Bay home.
  6. Bank OZK CEO and chairman George Gleason, left, and managing director Greg Newman are photographed at the OZK Wynwood branch in Miami on November 13, 2019. [CARL JUSTE | Miami Herald] [Carlt Juste | Miami Herald]
    In fact, Bank OZK has emerged as a powerhouse in commercial lending generally.
  7. Flooding from an October king tide in Miami Shores fills streets, sidewalks and driveways at its peak. [Miami Herald]
    And it could lose up to 35 percent of its value by 2050, according to a new report.
  8. Delta Air Lines said Friday it will launch five new round-trip routes a day between Tampa and Miami starting May 4. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) [MARK LENNIHAN  |  AP]
    Delta says the daily nonstop Miami service will create new connections for Tampa travelers to fly to Latin America and other international destinations.
  9. The Undercroft — the new home to a branch office of TheIncLab, an artificial intelligence firm — provides work space for several cybersecurity companies in one of Ybor City’s most historic structures, the El Pasaje building on E Ninth Avenue. RICHARD DANIELSON | Times [Richard Danielson]
    The Washington, D.C.-area company expects hiring 15 developers and engineers in the next twelve months and partnering with bay area universities to augment its staff with student interns.
  10. FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo Amazon packages move along a conveyor prior to Amazon robots transporting packages from workers to chutes that are organized by zip code, at an Amazon warehouse facility in Goodyear, Ariz. Cashless shopping is convenient, but it can be a budget-buster. This year, make it more difficult to spend money online. This could help cut out some of your impulse purchases. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) [ROSS D. FRANKLIN  |  AP]
    Here are some tips to avoid wasting money when you shop.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement