TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) -Hilllsborough Aviation Authority board members have cleared the way for a big airport expansion.
The first phase is expected to be completed by 2017. It would expand the main terminal and construct a car rental hub reached by automated people mover from the main terminal.
Airport executives hope one day that people mover will also connect to a multi-modal transportation center in Tampa's Westshore district.
In the long-term future, planners want to build an international airside. The entire plan would accommodate 34.7 million yearly passengers over the next few decades.
Meantime, board members also approved by a 6-1 vote a $500,000 bonus for airport CEO Joe Lopano if he stays for five years. He insists he will. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn voted against the bonus.