Travelers passing through Tampa International Airport continue to pile praise upon Tampa Bay's gateway to the world.

As the Tampa Bay Business Journal reports, that TIA rose a notch in the latest Airport Council International's Air Service Quality Award, reaching No. 2 in 2014 just behind Indianapolis and ahead of Jacksonville. TIA was No. 3 on the list in 2013.

TIA was ranked against 43 U.S. airports and 200 internationally.

Internationally, TIA ranks No. 5 in the world behind airports in China, Korea and Cancun, Mexico. It's the only American airport to reach that high on the survey in 2014.

The survey is an international benchmark for airports. It tracks 34 key areas of airport service across eight categories, including access, check-in, security, facilities, dining, shopping and more. All airports are compared using the same set of questions presented to travelers using the airports.

The awards will be presented this year in Dead Sea, Jordan.

Airports Council International is a 24-year-old trade association of airports across the world.

The council made its announcement just a few weeks after TIA embarked on a $1 billion set of improvements that will expand the terminal, add new shopping and outdoor dining, a new car-rental station and a people-mover to get travelers there.

TIA will add its newest international airline in September when German carrier Lufthansa begins direct service to Frankfurt.