The Blue Express Curbsides Expansion project at Tampa International Airport (TPA) in Florida has been named the 2022 Commercial Service Airport Project of the Year by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
According to FDOT, the Commercial Service Airport Project of the Year award is given to a Florida airport that demonstrates ‘outstanding achievements in aesthetics, safety and service’.
For arriving travelers, it’s also a short walk from the main terminal to the Blue Express pick-up level, where they meet their driver and avoid baggage claim altogether. This faster option also assists with the flow of passenger traffic throughout TPA and helps alleviate the build-up of long lines at check-in, security and various other areas throughout the airport. Furthermore, construction is currently underway to make way for eight additional express curbsides to be added to the airport’s Red Side as another part of the expansion masterplan. The Red Side curbs are expected to be complete in 2025.
In addition to adding capacity and convenience, the Blue Express curbsides include architectural features that were created to convey the look and feel of the Tampa Bay region. The roof and lighting represent the ocean, while abstract artwork depicts indigenous plant life. TPA also commissioned two public art pieces and included passenger amenities such as oversized chairs with charging capacity, plus restrooms and large spaces to traverse.
Joe Lopano, CEO of TPA, said, “Passenger needs and expectations are changing. Our Blue Express curbsides will better serve our guests and enhance an already smooth experience. On top of that, we’ll also be making our main terminal more efficient, decongesting busy areas and helping us prolong the life of our facilities.”
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