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TIA is second-best airport in the country, Travel + Leisure readers say

Tampa International Airport placed No. 2 in a ranking of the nation's airports by Travel & Leisure magazine.
Tampa International Airport placed No. 2 in a ranking of the nation's airports by Travel & Leisure magazine.
Published Jul. 9, 2015

Tampa International Airport ranks second in the nation among domestic airports, according to a survey of readers of the well-known Travel + Leisure magazine.

Airports were ranked among the "World's Best" from November to March on location and access; check-in and security; restaurants and food; shopping and design; with optional feedback about business and family amenities.

Tampa International's composite score was just behind that of No. 1 Portland International Airport, which was awarded the top domestic spot for the third year in a row. Local Oregon TV news reports credit the Portland airport's emphasis on local restaurants and themes, and even its bicycle repair shop on the premises.

Tampa outscored airports serving Minneapolis-St. Paul, Dallas and Austin, Texas.

"Honored to be among @TravelLeisure's World's Best Airports!" TIA said on Twitter. "For the 2nd year, we're No. 2 among domestic airports."

Tampa International has embarked on a nearly $1 billion upgrade and modernization project that will include a 2.6 million-square-foot consolidated rental car center near the entrance to the airport, a 1.4-mile automated people mover and an expansion of the main terminal. New concessions are also planned.

A separate ranking of international airports found that Singapore Changi Airport was the best among surveyed readers, followed by airports in Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Zurich and Munich.