Published: Apr 05, 2013 10:56 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 05, 2013 11:28 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority has voted to approve a new $2.5 billion master plan for Tampa International Airport, charting a course for how it will expand and handle growth in the coming years and decades.
    
The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/10CtmSc) reports that the Authority approved the plan Thursday.
    
The first phase of construction is expected to be completed around 2017.
    
That phase involves building a consolidated rental car facility, a new automated people mover, commercial development, restaurant and retail space, and maybe someday, a new airport hotel.
    
Eventually, officials will expand the main terminal and build a new international airside.
    
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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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