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Tampa International Airport resuming daily guided tours for aviation lovers

There are all sorts of tour options to choose from.
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TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa International Airport is resuming its daily guided tours after putting them on pause earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The complimentary tours allow up to 40 people per group and focus on the history, structure and design of the airport, which serves about 22 million passengers per year.

In a news release, tour guide and guest services receptionist Darius Hughbanks encouraged participants to wear comfortable shoes and pack light.

“I love meeting new people and showing them around the Airport,” Hughbanks added in a statement. “It’s like my home and people who take a tour become a part of our family. There’s so much more to airports than just planes and shops, and we love that our community gets to know more about us.”

The airport says tours are available for all age levels and are tailored to meet the specific needs and interests of guests. Guided tours can be booked by calling 813-870-8759 or emailing dhughbanks@tampaairport.com.

Below is a list of tour and presentation options, as described on TPA's website:

Self-Guided Tour Program – We provide the information, you set the pace. This is perfect for guests with younger children or those who want to take a more leisurely look at the Airport’s points of interest.

Aviation History & Career Presentations – Want to learn more about aviation history or careers in the aviation industry, but can’t come to the Airport? Let us come to you with a classroom presentation tailored to your student age group.

Scavenger Hunts – If you’re looking for a fun and fast-paced activity that promotes teamwork while learning about the Airport, consider signing up for a scavenger hunt. 

Airfield Tour Program – Take a ride on our 20-passenger mini-bus and learn all there is to know about the daily operations on the airfield. 

Guided Tour Program – This walking tour of the Main Terminal follows the path of arriving and departing passengers while showcasing the Airport’s history, design, and unique features.

Public Art Tours – Along with a vast public artwork collection that spans more than 40 years, TPA has an impressive Public Art Program incorporating murals, tapestries and sculptures, including the famous giant flamingo. We invite you to learn more about the artists and their vision for these original works designed to inspire our travelers and guests.

Sustainability Tours – Recycling, electric charging stations and other green and wellness initiatives have been part of a growing sustainability program at TPA. Come check out our efforts to preserve and protect our people, planet and prosperity for generations to come.

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