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Passengers declare TPA one of the most hygienic airports on the continent

Like all airports, Tampa International has been working to navigate the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa International Airport is clean  –  very clean   –  and its response to the coronavirus pandemic is earning high marks from passengers.

Nonprofit trade organization Airports Council International on Monday named TPA one of the most hygienic airports in North America and around the globe. The recognition came as part of the group's yearly Airport Service Quality awards, which are based on passenger surveys.

The airport was among just five in North America and 33 worldwide to earn the new recognition for best hygiene measures. 

"From day one, the health and safety of our passengers, guests and employees has been our top priority, so receiving this recognition is particularly meaningful," Airport CEO Joe Lopano wrote in a statement. "We have worked tirelessly over the past year to make our guests feel safe when they decide to resume flying. I’m incredibly proud of our team for all the hard work that made this possible."

Early in the pandemic, the airport launched "TPA Ready," a coronavirus-related initiative that included widespread disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, the installation of hundreds of plastic shields, and the addition of thousands of social distancing signs.

Last fall, TPA teamed up with Baycare and became the first airport in the nation to offer two different COVID-19 testing options for all passengers, leading to more than 17,000 tests so far.

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