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Airport to build Fed Ex facility


© St. Petersburg Times, published December 8, 2000

TAMPA -- Federal Express is getting a new home at Tampa International Airport.

As part of the airport's plan to move its growing air cargo traffic to the east side of the field, the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority voted Thursday to spend $10-million to build FedEx a 110,000-square-foot building with 369,000 square feet of aircraft apron and parking for 157 vehicles.

FedEx's current facility is less than a quarter the size of the new one.

When construction is completed in February 2003, the company will lease it for nearly $1.2-million annually for a minimum of 10 years with two five-year renewal options.

"We want to keep them happy," said Louis Miller, executive director of the authority.

The facility will provide 100 new jobs, said Darlene Faquin, spokeswoman for Federal Express. The location of the building will provide quick runway and road access, Faquin said.

In the next 20 years, TIA will build a total of 609,000 square feet of cargo capacity with 1.3-million square feet of aircraft apron to accommodate 20 aircraft parking positions. Moving air cargo operations off the north end of airport property would help clear room for a second passenger terminal complex, which is in the long-term master plan.

Tampa International Airport moved more than 195-million pounds of air cargo through its facilities last year.

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