Is Tampa International Airport open? See latest update after Hurricane Idalia forces brief closure

Tampa International Airport shared an update about its reopening after being closed due to Hurricane Idalia. 

When will Tampa International Airport reopen?

Tampa International Airport reopened at 4 p.m. Wednesday for arriving flights only, the airport said.

Departing flights and normal operations will resume at 3 a.m. Thursday. 

Parts of the airport were flooded after Hurricane Idalia blew through the region, but only minimal damage was sustained. 


Flying out soon?

Tampa International Airport urges travelers to check with their airlines for the latest updates about their flight status. 

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How does Tampa International Airport deal with flooding?

Here's what TPA said on its website about flooding at the airport:

TPA has a complex and effective drainage system that runs throughout our grounds, designed to keep water off runways, taxiways and airfield facilities. While heavy rain or storm surge may temporarily flood the airfield to an extent, it is designed to drain expediently to resume normal operations. However, with extreme inundation as could occur with a major hurricane, getting water to recede quickly may take time.


Is Orlando International Airport open?

In its latest update on Wednesday morning, Orlando International Airport (MCO) said the airport is open and operational, but flight disruptions are expected.