Tampa, FL -- Imagine a new international terminal, more parking and an easy way to get back and forth at Tampa International Airport. Those are just some of the things you can expect in the future as part of an updated master plan.
"Every time we have a wide-bodied daily international flight that translates to about $150 million in economic impact, so that's more jobs, more opportunities, it's more wealth creation," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said.
The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority gave the go ahead for the $2.5 billion plan that's a 20-year blueprint for growth. Much of that vision is based on building the Consolidated Rental Car Facility where travelers can grab their keys and stay connected to the terminal with a people mover.
The south area of the airport would also have a gas station, restaurant, and hotel-- all of which would use the 1.3 mile people mover. That mover project begins Friday and should be complete in 2017.
"If you're a customer returning a rental car, you can go right in to the gas station, fill up your car, go in the rental car, return it, and then take the APM directly to the terminal," TIA CEO Joe Lopano said.
Board members, with the exception of the mayor, voted to give the airport's CEO a half of a million dollar bonus for staying with the job for the next five years.