Travelers from the Tampa area have three airports from which to choose.
Tampa International Airport (TPA) is the region’s primary airport. About 25 airlines offer scheduled service to 75 destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Panama, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. (The airport is also noteworthy for being just one of two US airports that offers flights to Cuba.) Silver Airways uses Tampa as a hub, and low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines is the airport’s largest carrier. The airport’s busiest domestic routes include Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, New York and Philadelphia. International destinations include London, Toronto, Havana and Zurich.
St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), which is located about 17 miles east of Tampa, is primarily served by Allegiant Air. The airport’s busiest routes include Gulfport-Biloxi, Knoxville, Greenville-Spartanburg and South Bend.
Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) is located about 55 miles south of Tampa. Airlines serving the airport include Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and US Airways Express. Travel destinations include Atlanta, Charlotte, Boston, Chicago and Toronto.
Whether you’re looking for cheap flights to Las Vegas or Los Angeles, Denver or Dallas, or anywhere in between, here are some tips to follow. First, ensure that your search includes budget carriers such as Allegiant (flies from PIE to destinations including Chattanooga and Chicago), Frontier Airlines (flies from TPA to destinations including Denver and Wilmington-Philadelphia), JetBlue (flies from PIE and TPA to destinations such as Boston and New York), Spirit Airlines (flies from TPA to destinations such as Atlantic City and Fort Lauderdale) and Southwest (flies from TPA to cities such as Baltimore, New Orleans, St. Louis and San Juan). Also, include all of the area airports in your search. Finally, maximize your chances of finding inexpensive airfares, be flexible about your travel dates.
Planning a trip to the Big Apple? You have plenty of flight options from Tampa-area airports to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Regardless of which airport you choose, flying time is about three hours.
When planning your trip, keep in mind that tourism peaks at certain times of the year—and hotel rates increase accordingly. Fourth of July, Thanksgiving to Christmas and spring break are all popular times to visit New York. Tourism usually drops off in January and February, which are also some of the coldest months to visit.
New York has something to appeal to all tastes. From Broadway shows to small off-Broadway theaters, from storefront art galleries to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from sprawling department stores to tiny boutiques…whether you’re interested in culture, shopping, dining out or dancing the night away, you’ll find something that pleases you in the Big Apple.