Tampa International Airport (TIA) is no longer just a place to pass through on your way in or out of Florida. A new monthly event titled "Friday Flight'' aims to make the airport an entertainment destination for locals and travelers alike.
"It's a public space,'' says Kari Goetz, public affairs manager for TIA
. "We want people to see it for that, as well as a place they can just come and enjoy.''
The idea was spurred, in part, by the positive response to the live music at TIA that greeted travelers during the Republican National Convention. The goal is to provide a warm welcome to newcomers, as well as bring in locals who want to enjoy the space. TIA plans to host the events once per month, though not on the same Friday each time, allowing flexibility to work around major holidays or events.
The inaugural event takes place October 5, with a 1950s feel and performances by local band The Vodkanauts
. A special vodka menu will be available. You'll find the entertainment on the third floor of the main terminal, between gates A and C. Short term parking at the airport is free for the first hour, and $4 for up to 80 minutes.
"It's another opportunity for people to be wowed by Tampa,'' says Goetz.
Writer: Megan Hendricks
Source: Kari Goetz, Tampa International Airport