Tampa Airport celebrated with this fantastic cake the start of United Airlines’ daily service to San Francisco. Posing with the baked beauty are: Chris Minner, VP of Marketing, Tampa Airport; Brig. General Chip Diehl, Tampa Airport Board of Directors; Joe Lopano, CEO of Tampa Airport; and John Lucht, GM United Airlines. Along with cake, passengers were also treated to a barbecue on the airport apron which even featured a United 777-200 grill! The passengers on the inaugural flight were also sent off with a box of Ghirardelli chocolates, while posters were available as well.
- United Airlines commenced its latest US coastal connection on 16 February, launching a daily service between San Francisco (SFO) and Tampa (TPA). The 3,841-kilometre sector will be flown by the Star Alliance carrier on a mixture of its short-haul Airbus and Boeing fleets according to OAG schedules, with no airline offering direct competition. “A San Francisco service has long been a top priority for the airport team and our partners,” said Tampa Airport CEO Joe Lopano at the launch. “Working together with our regional economic development groups and tourism bureaus, as well as the persuasiveness of our traveling community, we’ve logged a big win here in Tampa. Since arriving at the airport in 2011, I can’t even count the number of times I have been asked: When will we have a flight to San Francisco? I’m pleased to say that time is now,” Lopano added. Tampa becomes the fourth destination in Florida that is served by United from San Francisco. The airline also links the Californian hub to Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. See how Tampa’s FTWA does in the weekly Arch of Triumph competition.