TAMPA — Tampa International Airport’s restaurants and shops are hiring for 150 positions Tuesday to help the airport handle increasing passengers. It will hire for cashier, barista, cook and management positions.
“It’s critically important that we ramp up staffing levels throughout the airport to provide our guests with the level of customer service that they’ve come to expect at (Tampa International),” said Laurie Noyes, vice president of concessions and commercial parking at the airport.
Passengers at Tampa International dropped during the pandemic to a low of 86,000 in April 2020 when travel ground to a halt. This May, the most recent data available, 1.7 million people came through Tampa International, and the airport said that some days recently have beat the average number of travelers it recorded pre-pandemic.
According to Tampa International, qualified candidates at its Tuesday hiring event “will be hired on the spot.” Some employers are offering signing bonuses and streaming service memberships, for example, to entice candidates.
Among the dining locations hiring are Chick-fil-A, illy Caffe, Potbelly Sandwich, Bay Coffee & Tea, Starbucks, Hard Rock Cafe, Ulele, Panda Express, Four Green Fields, Goody Goody and Ducky’s Sports. For positions at these, pay ranges from $10.25 per hour to $19 per hour depending on the position, while bartenders start at $5.82 per hour plus tips.
Several retailers are also hiring, including NewsLink, Stellar Bay Newsstands and HudsonGroup/World Duty Free. Pay for these positions ranges from $10.50 per hour to $20 per hour.
A full list of positions and pay ranges can be found here.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Level 3 between Airside E and Airside F shuttle lobbies. Parking in the short term garage will be validated. For those available later in the day, there is a virtual hiring event from 1 p.m. through 4 p.m. Interested candidates can register here.