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KBRA Affirms Ratings for Tampa International Airport Revenue Bonds (AA) and Subordinated Revenue Bonds (AA-)

21 Feb 2024   |   New York


KBRA affirms the long-term rating of AA for the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority's Tampa International Airport Revenue Bonds as well as the long-term rating of AA- for the Authority's Tampa International Airport Subordinated Revenue Bonds.

Key Credit Considerations

The rating actions reflect the following key credit considerations:

Credit Positives

  • Broad and growing air trade area economy and healthy population growth support increasing demand for air travel, while the strictly O&D nature of airport activity confers stability.
  • Diverse carrier mix with existing airlines continuing to strategically add new domestic and international routes, which is supportive of continued enplanement growth.
  • Airline costs are competitive.

Credit Challenges

  • Rates by resolution regime provides less operational certainty than adopted use and lease agreement.

Rating Sensitivities

For Upgrade

  • Completion of capital program on time and within budget accompanied by a resumption of the strong trend in passenger enplanements observed in the several years preceding the pandemic.

For Downgrade

  • Cost overruns or delays associated with the large capital improvement program.
  • Trend of weakened liquidity levels and/or debt metrics.

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A description of all substantially material sources that were used to prepare the credit rating and information on the methodology(ies) (inclusive of any material models and sensitivity analyses of the relevant key rating assumptions, as applicable) used in determining the credit rating is available in the Information Disclosure Form(s) located here.

Information on the meaning of each rating category can be located here.

Further disclosures relating to this rating action are available in the Information Disclosure Form(s) referenced above. Additional information regarding KBRA policies, methodologies, rating scales and disclosures are available at

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