The FAA is redesigning airspace and addressing airspace inefficiencies, introducing new Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures, to make the Tampa Metroplex airspace more efficient and improving access to its airports. The effort focuses on a number of airports, including St. Petersburg-Clearwater International (PIE), Sarasota/Bradenton International (SRQ), and Tampa International (TPA).
All results are reported by Fiscal Year (FY), October 1 — September 30.
Tampa Average Daily Metroplex Traffic (FY09–FY13)
Source: Operational Network (OPSNET)
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Average Daily Scheduled Flights
Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)/Air Carrier Statistics Database
Projected Annual Benefits
Value of Fuel Savings
7.7 Million Gallons
79.5 Thousand Metric Tons
These are annual benefits expected to accrue upon completion of the NextGen near-term procedural improvements implemented by the FAA's Metroplex program. They are based on the FAA's preliminary assessment of proposed airspace improvements compared to operations in a year before any improvements were made. The value of the projected fuel savings is based on prevailing fuel prices at the time the analysis was conducted and could therefore differ from values used for other metroplexes. The data estimates are current as of July 2013.
Program activities for the Tampa, Orlando and South Florida metroplexes have been combined to provide airspace efficiencies for the entire region. The projected improvements listed benefit all three metroplexes.