Tampa International Airport (TPA) has become the first US airport to officially partner with Uber Eats for mobile food ordering.

The Airport’s TPA to Go mobile-ordering programme, which enables guests to purchase food, drinks and other items in advance for pickup, is now available on Uber Eats. Users can place an order ahead of time at 18 restaurants and four retailers.

TPA to Go is available to anyone at or headed to the airport, including passengers, flight crews and other staff. Travellers can set TPA as their location before they arrive, choose items from their favourite eatery or shop and have it ready for pickup when they get there. Delivery within the airport is not an option, TPA stressed.

The TPA to Go options can be accessed by using the Uber Eats app or website, logging onto TPAtoGo.com, or scanning the QR code posted throughout airport.

TPA is Uber’s first official US airport partner, Uber already having worked with Toronto Pearson Airport in Canada and undertaken pilot programmes at John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Ohio and Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.

“At Uber, we know how busy airports can be and that sometimes travel can be stressful,” said Rob Mitchell, head of airports business development at Uber. “That’s why we’re excited to give travellers and folks who work at the airport a lot more convenience and a little less stress when they’re hungry by bringing Uber Eats skip-the-line mobile ordering technology to restaurant and retail locations at Tampa International Airport.”

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