For Full Story: Tampa Bay Business Journal
Article By: Frances McMorris
Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano called for an increase in the passenger facility charge, which is used to fund airport improvement projects that have been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. But the $4.50 PFC, which is tacked onto each airline ticket, hasn’t been raised in nearly two decades, Lopano said. He called for modernizing the PFC to “increase our ability to create great infrastructure.”
Lopano made his remarks at the international arrivals atrium at Airside F, which has the nearby international baggage claim. Some $27 million in funding from the state and PFC collections expanded the international baggage claim facility and also includes Customs and Border Patrol processing, as well as a larger security screening area.
As a result of those expansions, “We can now handle triple simultaneous wide body operations and we currently have new wide bodies from Lufthansa to Frankfurt, Germany,” Lopano said. “We have wide bodies to Zurich, Switzerland. We have daily 777s to London British Airways. We have service to Panama. We have service to Cuba.”
“We are a major player on the economic scale and we support jobs all over the country,” Burke said. “That’s again why the PFC is so important.”
Burke also pointed out that Florida — with its 19 commercial airports — supports 1.2 million jobs and boosts the nation’s economy by $145 billion.