TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa International Airport plans to spend $27.6 million to expand its oldest airside terminal to accommodate increased international flights and eliminate bottlenecks at security gates and baggage claim areas.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the expansion would allow the airport to handle three wide-body international flights simultaneously.

The renovations are subject to approval by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board. They will expand the baggage claim area at Airside F and the security area. The airside was built long before the heightened security requirements imposed since 9/11. The result is a bottleneck at the tram to take passengers to and from the landside terminal.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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