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Tampa International Airport’s Post-Hurricane Idalia Damage Assessment

    Tampa International Airport suspended commercial operations early on Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Idalia. The Airport has now performed an initial assessment, finding minor damage.

    Tampa International Airport Assesses Damages from Hurricane Idalia
    Tampa International Airport Assesses Damages from Hurricane Idalia

    “The airport did well. At this time, we have some water on the south end of our airfield. It’s outside the safety area, so it’s not impacting our runways. Our crews are still assessing, but the Airport is working to determine a time for reopening and we should have that information later this morning. We will put out a full release as soon as we have that information.”

    Airport Video of Preliminary Damage Assessment

    Source: Tampa International Airport
    FAA Reports: Flight Cancellations as Hurricane Idalia makes landfall.

    On Monday, the airport reported on its advance preparations for what was then a tropical storm.

    The closure will allow Tampa International Airport and its partners to prepare the airfield and terminals. Priorities include securing jet bridges, ground equipment, and any remaining aircraft. Idalia is expected to make landfall early Wednesday as a potential major hurricane.

    Some cargo and private aircraft operations could continue overnight, but all air traffic will stop by 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. The Airport, including the Main Terminal and Airsides, will be closed to all visitors and cannot function as a shelter.

    The Tampa International Airport expects to reopen on Thursday morning. Damage assessments will begin after the storm passes. TPA will closely coordinate the reopening of the Airport with its partners based on roadway safety, facility readiness, and staffing. They will quickly communicate any changes.

    FAA Update on Storm Threat

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