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As revenue dips, Tampa airport makes cutbacks

Hiring is frozen at TIA while a variety of services are scaled down.

By STEVE HUETTEL, Times Staff Writer
Published March 7, 2008


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Facing an unexpected decline in passengers, Tampa International Airport is tightening its belt. It plans to trim expenditures by nearly $4-million, or 4.3 percent, by freezing new hires, cutting back on employee travel, postponing equipment purchases and saving electricity.

TIA executive director Louis Miller blames the weak economy. When people fly less, the airport takes a hit. Revenue for the fiscal year are projected to fall short by $10.2-million, or about 5 percent. Almost half of that comes from parking, TIA's single largest money-maker. And the problem isn't just fewer travelers. More local passengers going away for a few days are saving a few bucks by taking a cab or enlisting family and friends to drop them off.

TIA's top cost cuts?

-Thermostats throughout the airport have been nudged up to 74 degrees from 72.

-Only one tram typically runs between the main terminal and airside buildings.

-Two of eight escalators that carry arriving passengers down to baggage claim are shut off.

[Last modified March 7, 2008, 06:27:41]


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