It was months in the making but took less than a minute to complete.
Tampa International Airport early Tuesday morning imploded its old rental car garage to make room for future construction.
The airport was closed from 1-2:30 a.m. Tuesday to ensure safety of the demolition.
The destruction of the final parts of the rental car garage completed a months-long process to remove the building, the airport said in a statement.
It also helps to clear the way for the second phase of TIA’s $2 billion master plan, which will allow the airport to serve up to 34 million passengers every year upon its completion. The upgrades will include new express curbsides designed for passengers with no checked bags, as well as upcoming facility improvements, including a new guideway to the future 16-gate Airside D.
Also under construction is the 35-acre SkyCenter, which will feature a 9-story office building, hotel, convenience store with gas station, and connections to transit and a network of trails on both sides of Tampa Bay.
Rental car operations were moved last year to a new center that’s connected to the main terminal by a 1.4-mile SkyConnect train.