Heathrow is Tampa's largest unserved route

The Florida airport has not been connected to London since a Gatwick service ended in 2020.

Tampa International Airport (TPA) has identified London Heathrow (LHR) as its largest unserved route opportunity. 

The Florida airport has also identified an opportunity to San Jose Juan Santamaría International (SJO) in Costa Rica, according to its latest update to Route Exchange, along with a transcontinental service to John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, California.

TPA to LHR is the airport’s largest unserved international route, based on 2019 figures. In 2019 the 7,084-km (4,402-mi.) route attracted about 50,000 two-way passengers despite no direct connection, data from Sabre Market Intelligence show.

The largest connection point was Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) followed by New York (JFK).

Tampa has been without a direct connection to London since British Airways and Norwegian ended their services to Gatwick (LGW) in March 2020.

In 2019 the total market between TPA and London carried 215,607 passengers, which was a 37.48% growth from 2018.

TPA network targets

Airport

2019 two-way traffic

Average fare

Distance

Largest hub

LHR

49,751

$440.67

7,084km

ATL

SJO

21,232

$150.86

2,007km

MIA

SNA

55,637

$263.44

3,417km

DFW

For the second half of 2021 there are 967,735 two-way seats available between London and Florida, more than half of which will be flown by British Airways (BA).

The largest market pair is LHR to Miami International Airport (MIA), which is operated by BA, American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

TPA is currently served by 13 carriers, with Southwest Airlines offering the most capacity at 624,648 two-way seats this month. It is connected to 78 network points, with ATL offering the most capacity.

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