Tampa International Airport (TPA) is public airport six miles (9.7 km) west of Downtown Tampa, In Hillsborough County, Florida. This airport is publicly owned by Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA), and it has been praised for its architecture and landside/Airside design of a central terminal (“landside”) connected by people movers to satellite air terminals and gates (“airsides”), a pioneering concept when designed in the late 1960s. The airport was called Drew Field Municipal Airport until 1952.
The airport is served by over twenty major air carrier airlines, four regional airlines, and two air cargo carriers. Three of the regional airlines operate under the banner of mainline air carriers, while a fourth, Silver Airways, is independent and utilizes Tampa International Airport as a hub for its operations. Southwest Airlines operates a focus city in TPA and carries the airport’s largest share of passengers, operating up to 121 daily flights.