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Up to Speed: Improving travel experiences at TPA

Despite September and October being among the slower months at TPA, leaders here are moving full speed ahead with improving travel experiences.

TAMPA, Fla. — Traveling through the airport is often a stressful time for many people. It's why leaders at Tampa International Airport say they’re doing what they can to make the experience as stress-free as possible.

One of the newest features put in place to make things easier for travelers is the recently opened Blue Express Curbsides. They make the drop-off and pick-up experience a breeze for passengers without checked luggage.

While you’ll often find quick security lines, parking can be tight during peak travel. It's why online booking for parking is offered to help.

Something being considered for the future is an air taxi service.  Air taxis — also known as Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing aircraft — are a mix between drones and helicopters. The Hillsborough Aviation Authority has been preparing for the possibility of air taxis for years, but the measure still needs to be approved.

For now, it’s something TPA is working to make sure they’re prepared for if air taxis are ever approved. The Florida Department of Transportation is also studying airports that could benefit from them. Findings will be presented to the governor next year.

If all goes to plan, air taxis could take to the skies locally in Tampa by 2025.

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