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Orlando Intl Soars To No. 1; TIA 4th

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Orlando Soars To No. 1; TIA 4th

By TED JACKOVICS [email protected]
Published: Apr 8, 2005

TAMPA - Orlando International Airport surpassed Miami International Airport as Florida's busiest in 2004, and Tampa International Airport remained No. 4 with 8.7 million departing passengers.
Four of the state's top five airports, with the exception of Miami, posted double-digit growth in passenger departures in 2004 compared with the previous year, Florida Department of Transportation data show.

The continued surge in passenger travel could augment revenue for Tampa International, which ranks 29th nationally in passenger traffic.

Tampa International concession revenue rose from $36 million in February 2004 to $37.7 million in February 2005, the most recent period data are available. That is 26.8 percent higher than $29.8 million in February 2002, a period the post-terrorism travel recovery began.

``The airport depends on concessions for 70 percent of its annual operating revenue,'' said Louis Miller, Tampa International's executive director. That leaves 30 percent from airlines and other sources.

Robust concession sales keep landing fees and airport rental space inexpensive, inducing airlines to increase service in Tampa, Miller said.

Airport officials expect additional discussions with German carrier Lufthansa about serving Tampa, George Elbe, director of air service development, reported.

In recent weeks, airport officials have met with Taca Airlines in San Salvador and US Airways in Washington. Financially troubled US Airways has said it would maintain its schedule of 27 daily departures.

Miller also said Thursday the airport hoped to spur new jobs at Delta Air Lines' maintenance hangar, where 300 of 350 positions will be transferred, mainly to Atlanta. The airport continues to pursue tenants for the hangar US Airways abandoned in 2002.

St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport ranked 10th statewide in passenger departures in 2004 with 667,787.

Spokeswoman Michele Routh said she expects between 500,000 and 550,000 passengers overall in 2005.

The airport will have lost three airlines between Nov. 30, when Southeast Airlines ceased operations, and Sunday, when ATA pulls out. Canadian carrier Jetsgo stopped service March 12.

That leaves the Pinellas airport with two major carriers: USA3000, which increased business 57 percent from 17,012 passengers in January 2004 to 20,306 passengers in January 2005; and newcomer Hooters Air.

Last month fledgling carrier Lehigh Valley Air began flying the Pinellas-Allentown, Pa., route, one of those Southeast abandoned. On Thursday, Hooters Air said it would take over the Lehigh Valley flights.
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Yes, Mad Hatter :) ,and everyone else, your right :) , everyone like us here working by the airport knows how M.i.a .is under construction now, in fact, the entrance to m.i.a. is a disaster under the largest capital development ever in history over a 2 billion makeover to attract the past passengers back to m.i.a. in about 5 years. When the 1 billion south terminal is completed with the almost completed 1 billion American airlines north terminal, m.i.a. will be the most futuristic airport in the nation, believe me everyone, i know,I work for miami-dade county, its almost over 5 billion total in improvements to bring back more passengers than ever before. a whole new rental car center and a new transportation system has already broken ground and is about 35 % completed, to be completed by 2011, it will be the central base of Tri-rail, Metro-rail, and the People Mover system to the airport, here's the F.D.O.T. website, please check this out, you'll agree , Miami will make a comeback in about 5 - 6 years. :cheers:
p.s. I had to retype the website, please try it again, and see it. :)
The Mad Hatter!! said:
MIA is supposedly going to lower landing fees and lower certain fees in response to the lost of passengers and flights.and i think its become a pride thing for them to be surpassed by orlando and soon tia and ftl
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Jason:) , my Masterchief and friend,

I tried telling everyone here in Florida 6 months ago,
there were at least 6 tower construction cranes that can be seen from the I-75 " Long river name that starts with a C " River Bridge into rt.78 going north on the freeway, Ft.Myers is the fastest and now tallest city on the Southwest coast,
taller towers than Sarasota,
and I wanted someone to take pictures and prove it,
and Florida Future:) ,my friend and Tampa Bay master came up with some pics of the New Downtown Ft.Myers:cheers:
Holy mother of... I had no idea Ft Myers had grown so much!!!
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IN FLA:) , my friend,
very so true in your report post here,
the Regional South West " RSW " airport is one of the most recently beautiful new airports in the nation, built far away from the southwest cities so the F.A.A. doesn't have to limit the downtown Ft. Myers skyscrapers heights, yes.:cheers:

but, IMO:nuts: , the only problem I see and very pissed off every month I travel I-75 to visit my daughter in Brandon near Tampa is
The Still after 20 something years:nuts: ,
it's still a 4 lane expressway ( 2 lanes on each side ) from the Aligator Alley mile marker 104 , all the way up to Venice , Fla. Mile marker 201 , except for the Charlotte/Punta Gorda River Bridge which was widen to 6 lanes ( 3 on each side ) some years back:eek:hno: .

I know so far, its a rush hour's nightmare each time we get caught on friday afternoons going through the Ft. Myers to Naples area.
But , I also know there's No plans what so ever to widen any part of this over growing area of the Interstate.

If you live in this area , please let all of us know, if there;s ever going to be a widening taken place. Especially around the Airport and Germain Arena Interchanges,

thanks In FLA<:)
your input is needed:cheers:
Yep. Fastest growing metro area in Florida last year. Thirds fastest growing metro area in the NATION between 2000 and 2006. Fastest growing school district in the state as well. We added nearly 30,000 residents to the county last year alone.

On a side note, RSW has direct service to both Munich (2x weekly) and Dusseldorf Germany (3x weekly) as well as Toronto. It gets more action than most people think.
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