TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa International Airport is seeing a huge increase in passengers and on Tuesday, the airport is holding a job fair in response.

It’s the third job fair the airport’s held this year.

This time they’re looking to fill 150 positions, all in retail and restaurants.


What You Need To Know

  • With travel back up and running, Tampa International Airport holding another job fair
  • Airport looking to fill 150 positions 
  • Airport averaging about 60,000 passengers per day
  • Tampa International Airport job fair 

“We’ve seen travel come back in a big way.  As you can see, we have a ton of people traveling, and we need to keep the restaurants and shops open for the full shift,” said Emily Nipps with the Tampa International Airport.

The days of 20,000 people traveling through TPA are long gone, and officials said now, they’re averaging about 60,000 passengers each day which is comparable to record breaking numbers in 2019.

In order to accommodate all of the additional people, the airport has to staff back up to pre-pandemic levels to offer people the customer service they expect when they travel through TPA. Even expansion projects that were put on hold during the pandemic are back in full swing, and airport officials said they expect it will only get busier.

“We expected recovery this year, but I think it’s been quicker than we thought it would be,” Nipps said. “I think all airports were not expecting this quick of a recovery. It’s great, it’s good to see people traveling again, but it really happened very fast.  We do expect a busy summer, and we’ll have a busy holiday season as well.”

The in-person job fair will be from 9am-1pm on Tuesday, and a virtual job fair from 2pm-4pm.

 

This week’s airline news sees the removal of Maui’s second COVID testing requirement, a limited-time offer with Hawaiian airfare and hotel packages, deals to Cancun, and continued expansion of international routes with Delta.   

Keep reading to discover the latest airline news for the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Maui ends second testing requirement

It was only a month ago Maui launched a post-arrival second testing requirement for passengers arriving on the island. That requirement is no more, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino announced last week.

Travelers arriving in Maui County must still complete the State of Hawaii Safe Travels online application and complete pre-travel testing requirements through an approved testing provider.  

HONOLULU, HI - OCTOBER 15: Masked passengers, aboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Honolulu International Airport on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 above the Pacific Ocean. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 15: Masked passengers, aboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Honolulu International Airport on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 above the Pacific Ocean. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag

Hawaiian deals on flight and hotel bundles 

Thinking about a trip to Hawaii this summer? Act quick for this flight and hotel bundle promotion with Hawaiian Airlines. Travelers may save $100 off a hotel and flight package with promo code: SUMMER2021. This deal must be booked by June 10 but is valid for travel dates through December 31. 

Alaska deals on flights to Cancun


Ready to enjoy an all-inclusive resort getaway? It’s the perfect time to book a future flight to Cancun, as Alaska Airlines has great rates for Seattle to Cancun throughout this year and next.

Think ahead for spring break 2022, as Alaska is showing flight fares for as low as $199 one-way. Additional low Alaska Airlines fares on offer this week include Seattle to Burbank starting at $79 and Seattle to Las Vegas or Palm Springs starting as low as $89 each way.

Delta expands flights to France

Fully vaccinated Americans may visit France without quarantine beginning June 9, and Delta is responding with another increase in international flights. This includes an expansion of Paris flights from Minneapolis and Nice flights from New York-JFK.

Paris-Charles de Gaulle is already serviced twice daily from Atlanta, once daily from New York-JFK, and three times per week from Detroit. On July 7, three times weekly service will begin to Paris from Minneapolis, along with daily service from Boston beginning August 5. Beginning July 8, service to Nice from New York-JFK will take place three times per week.




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Southwest Florida International Airport held a job fair Wednesday to fill 250 positions.

The day started with a good number of people on the hunt for one of the jobs. Some were hired on the spot and others scheduled interviews.

Most of the jobs are available because the airport expects travel to take off.

One of the job hunters who turned up was Tom Donlon. He worked in an airport out west for more than 30 years, retired to Cape Coral, and then got the itch to work again.

“Retirement is fun but there’s only so much fun you can have,” he said with a laugh. “Then it kind of starts wearing off after a while. The novelty is gone and I just like to meet people.”

He hopes he met the right people Wednesday. He was among hundreds of job seekers with a résumé in hand and dressed to impress.

“Before COVID hit, our operation was kind of minimal, but now after COVID, our operations are actually growing. So we get to hire more people than before COVID even hit,” said Xavier Barrett, station manager for EULEN America, which provides ground crews and passenger support services.

He said they hired six people and no one is happier about that than his short staff.

“Usually this time of year it gets very slow but airlines are actually increasing flights so it’s actually busier, so there’s more opportunities for us and more opportunities for the public in employment,” said Greg Smith, general manager of Swissport.

Donlon said it’s all about finding the right fit.

“Everybody’s looking for something different and you just have to find your connection and if you do, you’re fortunate, and if you’re not, you just keep on trying someplace else,” he said.

The hiring manager from Swissport, an aviation services company that provides ground and cargo handling, said the company doesn’t really hire this time of year, but with increased traffic at the airport, there’s a need.