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Old 09-29-2013, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Didn't look very hard? Google TPA airport ranking. Some results of that search are below.

Tampa International still ranks high in latest J.D. Power airport satisfaction survey | Tampa Bay Times

wiki = "In 2007 and 2008, Zagat Survey ranked TPA the "Best Overall U.S. Airport," while placing it second best overall in 2009 and 2010. In 2008 Condé Nast Traveler recognized TPA as the second-best airport in the world, just two-tenths of a point behind the first place winner. JD Power and Associates have also given TPA Airport consistently high customer satisfaction ratings over the years. In November 2011, CNN ranked TPA sixth among ten of the world's most loved airports, being the only one on the list from the US."

I'm not going to dig further, but it's true. TIA is acknowledged as one of the best airports in the US. I really don't care about how it compares to some airport up north since that is completely irrelevant and off topic.
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Old 09-29-2013, 01:07 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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There are many other more recent list that do not mention TPA. I find RDU to be much easier than TPA and I've flown out of both many times. Your "bland and sterile" comment pretty much discredits you anyway.
To each their own. If you like little RDU better, then that is great for you. I hope you are able to move back there as soon as possible to enjoy it, rather than having to deal with an area and airport you do like. I only wish the best for you.

But you are right, there are more current rankings, including one from 2013 ranking it third in the country. AGAIN RDU missing. But if you say you feel RDU is better, then all the reports about Tampa being better don't matter. All that matters is what you like, as you plan on moving back there I believe, so that will be a wonderful match for you. Enjoy, as you and everyone should.

Tampa International Airport - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The airport's car rental market is in the top five among all U.S. Airports.

And the facility continues to receive consistent top-ranking reviews from numerous publications. In 2007 and 2008, Zagat Survey ranked TPA the "Best Overall U.S. Airport," while placing it second best overall in 2009 and 2010.

In 2008 Condé Nast Traveler recognized TPA as the second-best airport in the world, just two-tenths of a point behind the first place winner. JD Power and Associates have also given TPA Airport consistently high customer satisfaction ratings over the years.

In November 2011, CNN ranked TPA sixth among ten of the world's most loved airports, being the only one on the list from the US"


Tampa International Airport Ranked High Worldwide

""WINNER: Tampa International Airport

A CNN travel website rated it No. 6 in its rating of the top 10 most loved airports in the world. TIA was the only U.S. airport on the list."


Tampa International places third in airport satisfaction survey - Tampa Bay Business Journal

"Tampa International Airport took third place among all airports in North America in this year’s Airports Council International’s Airport Service Quality awards. Tampa’s airport was behind only Indianapolis and Ottawa."
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:16 PM
 
Location: The Northeast - hoping one day the Northwest!
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I havent flown in or out of Tampa international before so was hoping someone could give me some info on how easy/hard it is to get through. I have flown a lot and some airports are just a pain in the rear. I have to fly to Syracuse Monday morning for work and want to make sure I give myself plenty of time. If my flight is at 0830 should I be there the usual 2 hours before departure. Also how busy is Veterans at say 0530/0600? I take it to work (down by the airport) from Land O Lakes around seven and it is stop and go all the way. Thanks in advance for any info....
I've flown out of Tampa, and I always allow 2 hours before hand. Last time I didn't even need it. Security lines were short, but you never know. I ended up just getting a coffee and using my laptop for about an hour. I always leave more time than I should. One time I was flying out of Orlando and I had the 2 hr window and I barely made it. Waiting in line took forever, and then security took forever. As I left security, I heard "last call for flight ____." So, I would highly recommend the 2 hr. You never know what could happen.
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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That's right.

I said TPA is not a bad airport, but I just don't get all the high rankings. I really don't see anything that special about it. I've been in a lot worse and a lot better.
It is because it is in Tampa, just say it, don't hold it in.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Can't go wrong with your advice. Worse case is you kill some time relaxing.



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I've flown out of Tampa, and I always allow 2 hours before hand. Last time I didn't even need it. Security lines were short, but you never know. I ended up just getting a coffee and using my laptop for about an hour. I always leave more time than I should. One time I was flying out of Orlando and I had the 2 hr window and I barely made it. Waiting in line took forever, and then security took forever. As I left security, I heard "last call for flight ____." So, I would highly recommend the 2 hr. You never know what could happen.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:12 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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That's right.

I said TPA is not a bad airport, but I just don't get all the high rankings. I really don't see anything that special about it. I've been in a lot worse and a lot better.
But apparently a lot of other people, according to the rankings of which RDU is not making, do see something special about it.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:59 AM
 
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That's right.

I said TPA is not a bad airport, but I just don't get all the high rankings. I really don't see anything that special about it. I've been in a lot worse and a lot better.
That's your personal opinion and it doesn't represent the reality
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:19 AM
 
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There is not much not to like about TPA. I dont know what the rankings are based on but to me what counts is how easy and how fast I make it from my car to the gate, I am a frequent traveler so I pack light I usually plan to be at the airport 1 hour to 45 min before my plane takes off and i never missed a flight. I have missed return flights because I planned like I was leaving from TPA and got stuck at the huge lines. I am not fond of the economy parking the van sucks it feels like the guy goes in circles until it fills up, I rather a train where there is no human factor but i just park in the long term parking lot to avoid the van. I guess it could have more stores but i typically dont hang out in the terminal, and since you dont see a lot of connecting flights out of TPA , no layovers, I think thats why they dont build up the stores.
I also think my opinion is biased because its my home airport and I am driving there my car is waiting for me when I land. If I was flying into TPA I think the lack of public transit would annoy me, because I would have to rent a car, wait for the shuttle, deal with the 1 attendant for 20 people and everything that comes along with renting a car. I like flying to BWI, DCA, JFK because you can ride the train right out of them and be in downtown in 20 min (35 in JFK) but flying out of them sucks and a lot of it has to do with the fact that they are just crowded.

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Old 09-30-2013, 07:13 PM
 
Location: it depends
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It's not a bad airport, but it's hardly the best. Like MCO you have to take that stupid train/shuttle to the gates which can really slow you down coming and going. I like RDU because you can get in and out quickly.
Really? I don't think I have ever waited more than 90 seonds for the shuttle. And te shuttle ride is under 60 seconds. TPA has the fewest steps from curb to plane of any airport I've seen. Love it.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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Really? I don't think I have ever waited more than 90 seonds for the shuttle. And te shuttle ride is under 60 seconds. TPA has the fewest steps from curb to plane of any airport I've seen. Love it.
I have to mirror your comment and am confused how anyone (even if they dont like Florida) could find fault with TPA.

I consider myself well travelled around the globe. I cannot remember a more peaceful and efficient walk from my airplane seat to my rental car seat and ultimate exit enroute to Clearwater (with the help of a GPS), this is coming and going including security and the shuttle train. I also had a great sit down breakfast at one of the eateries.

I look forward to another visit from Germany next month.
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