Tampa, FL: Tampa International Airport temporarily adds food trucks to Cell Phone Waiting Lot

By Kristin Weber | WTSP.com


Tampa, Florida — A whole new reason has been added to those contemplating taking advantage of Tampa International Airport’s Cell Phone Waiting Lot — food trucks offering a wide range of menu items.

TIA will introduce its new curbside management program tomorrow, Dec. 20 and for the next 30 days — as the airport transitions from allowing indefinite parking at the airport’s arrival curbs to loading passengers only — one or two food trucks offering a range of menu items will be parked at the Cell Phone Lot Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We are always trying to come up with new ways to improve the customer experience at Tampa International Airport,” said John Tiliacos, the airport’s vice president of operations. “We decided to test out this food truck concept as the new curbside management program kicks in.”

In addition, the lot offers free Wi-Fi, restrooms, vending machines and flight information screens displaying the status of airline arrivals. Electric vehicle drivers can also charge their cars while they wait.

The airport says their Short Term Parking Garage will remain free for under an hour as an alternative to the cell phone lot or driving around the terminal until passengers arrive.