Tampa Announces New International Destination

While maybe not the most relevant information for many reading this blog, or information that I usually share here, Tampa International (TPA) has just announced a new international route.

As of May 2019, you will be able to fly Delta from Tampa (TPA) to Amsterdam-Schipol (AMS) daily.

As someone currently traveling in and out of TPA weekly I’m a bit more intrigued than normal, but if anything, whoever runs the TPA Twitter account seemed to be having a lot of fun with it.

Without any previous knowledge of the new service they definitely caught my attention this morning. And it looks like the attention of a lot of other Tampa residents.

The flight will be operated by a 767-300 and from everything that I’ve seen flights will run daily. Based off what I can view in the system, the flights are operating as follows:

TPA- AMS: 9:25 pm – 12:45 pm

AMS-TPA: 2:45 pm – 7:13 pm

Unfortunately the prices that I see starting next summer are a bit high. Not sure the direct flight convenience out weighs the cost — but maybe these are just inflated for the announcement.

Looking on Google Flights these aren’t the cheapest options available, and obviously the summer time is going to be the highest, but I would be very surprised for these flights to be any lower.

My thoughts

Tampa offers some pretty interesting service options to Europe.

  • London-Gatwick (LGA) with British Airways
  • Frankfurt (FRA) with Lufthansa
  • Zurich with Edelweiss Airlines
  • Reykjavik with Iceland Air
  • Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Halifax on Air Canada

There are also a few international options to the Caribbean on a few different carriers. The interesting thing about the service from TPA is that every international carrier there has only one flight route option. Which obviously doesn’t do great things for the prices.

As you can see above, there are no direct options on Delta (or any of their partners) to fly TPA-AMS, so obviously they have relative freedom to set the price. Understanding that a lot of passengers will pay a premium to avoid connecting at a larger US airport, these airlines will be able to put a premium on the price of tickets.

And unfortunately Delta is not known to offer a ton of great deals.

But as a known supporter of Delta I’d say that this is great news. Any time that airlines expand their non stop services to smaller airports internationally is intriguing to me. The reality of the situation for me ever flying on this route is pretty low, but we’ll have to see how the award prices shake out.

I’d also recommend giving the Tampa Airport twitter handle a follow @flyTPA, if anything they seem to be more engaging than most. 

Tucker is an avid points and miles enthusiast. Being fully involved in the world of credit cards and frequent flying for only a few years now, he brings a very fresh and unique perspective to the world of travel.

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