Bishop International Airport
|Bishop International Airport|
|IATA: FNT – ICAO: KFNT|
|Owner/Operator||Bishop International Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||782 ft / 238.4 m|
Bishop International Airport (IATA: FNT, ICAO: KFNT) is a commercial and general aviation airport located in Flint, Michigan. It is named after banker and General Motors Board Member Arthur Giles Bishop (April 12, 1851–January 22, 1944), who donated 220 acres of his farmland for the airport in 1928.   The third busiest airport in Michigan, it surpassed competitor MBS International Airport in terms of airline operations in 2002. In 2007, 1,071,238 passengers used Bishop International Airport; in 2011, 938,914 passengers used the airport.  The airport is currently served by several airlines. Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines operate mainline service out of the airport. Regional airlines Chautauqua Airlines (as AmericanConnection), Endeavor Air (as Delta Connection), SkyWest Airlines (as Delta Connection), and CommutAir (as United Express) operate out of the airport as well. FedEx Express operates cargo services out of the airport. Accompanying the airlines is fixed-base operator Av Flight that handles both general aviation and airline operations and one flight school. Bishop International Airport is in southwestern Flint, and is surrounded by Flint Township to the north, east and west; and Mundy Township to the south.
In early February 2007, Bishop International Airport unveiled a comprehensive 5-year developmental plan that would be slated for continuation through late 2011. The program called for two phases of "Intermodal Facility Development," including the expansion of the West Cargo Apron, what is now known as the Abex and Emory GVA Freight Ramp, located on the airport's northwest side.
In May 2009, Bishop International Airport began Phase I of its Terminal Airside & Concourse Improvements program. Projects under this phase were developed in 2008. Included in this phase are upgrades to the terminal ramp, upon which the passenger concourse resides; the permanent closure and deconstruction of Runway 5/23; and the acquisition of new land for an envisioned Runway 9L/27R, which is scheduled to be designed in 2009 and constructed in 2010.
Runway 5/23 was closed permanently on May 4, 2009, as progress continued in the Capital Improvement Program.
On April 24, 2012, the airport's board of directors approved a $1.348 million project to repair the airport's tarmac. The project is scheduled to take four months to complete.  On September 19, 2012, it was announced that the Federal Aviation Administration approved a grant to fund the project. 
The completed terminal was dedicated on November 13, 2012. 
The airport's board has allocated an additional $10.9 million for upgrades in 2013 and 2014. 
Bishop International Airport covers 1,550 acres (6 km²) and has two runways.
- Runway 18/36: 7,848 x 150 ft. (2,392 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt/Concrete
- Runway 9/27: 7,200 x 150 ft. (2,195 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
Airlines and destinations
|AmericanConnection operated by Chautauqua Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|
|Delta Connection operated by Endeavor Air||Detroit (ends January 6, 2014), Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|Southwest Airlines||Baltimore, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa,|
|United Express operated by CommutAir||Cleveland|
|FedEx Feeder operated by CSA Air||Alpena|
|1||Atlanta, GA||214,000||AirTran, Delta|
|3||Chicago (O'Hare), IL||44,000||American|
|9||Fort Myers, FL||15,000||AirTran|
|10||Bullhead City, AZ||1,000||-|
Several car rental agencies are available at the airport. 
|Bishop International Airport Authority|
|Agency executive||James L. Rice, Airport Director|
|Website||Airport Authority Board|
The Bishop International Airport Authority (BIAA) is the joint public authority created by Genesee County and the city of Flint to run Bishop International Airport. The Authority Board has nine members appointed to three year terms. BIAA operates the airport's public safety and maintenance departments.
|Guy D. Briggs||Chair|
|Winfield L. Cooper, III||Vice chair|
|Claudia F. Shelton||Secretary|
On November 16, 2011, a Piaggio P.180 Avanti operating as Avant Airlines Flight 168 (Detroit-Metro to West Bend Municipal, tail number N168SL) crashed upon landing due to an engine failure. The plane was damaged beyond repair, but everyone aboard survived with only minor injuries. 
- Arthur Giles Bishop, Our Genealogy.com
- Picture History of Flint: U.S. Bicentennial Edition, Edited by Lawrence R. Gustin, Published in 1976 by The Flint Journal, ISBN 0-8028-7036-8
- Measures of Michigan Air Carrier Demand, Michigan Department of Transportation, Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- FAA Bishop International Airport Airport Diagram
- FNT NOTAM 05/006 "RWY 5/23 CLSD PERM. WIE UNTIL UFN. CREATED: 04 MAY 12:34 2009"
- Security process at Bishop International airport eases for seniors The Flint Journal via MLive.com June 1, 2012
- Flint Bishop International Airport board approves $1.3 million repair of tarmac The Flint Journal via MLive.com, April 24, 2012
- Federal $1.4 million grant for Bishop International Airport will help pay for pavement The Flint Journal via MLive.com, September 19, 2012
- Bishop International Airport opens new TSA checkpoint as part of $16.8 million renovation project The Flint Journal via MLive.com, October 6, 2012
- Bishop International Airport to hold dedication for $16.8 million addition The Flint Journal via MLive.com, November 12, 2012
- Bishop International Airport looks to make $10.9 million in improvements for next two years The Flint Journal via MLive.com, December 1, 2012
- Flint's Bishop International Airport gets $2.9 million US grant WNEM-TV, August 29, 2013
- Fonger, Ron. Southwest Airlines will make Fort Myers, Fla., flights daily from Bishop in 2014, MLive, June 25, 2013, Retrieved 2013-06-25
- Bishop International Airport Facts Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics
- Car Rentals Bishop International Airport official site
- AlHajal, Khalil (January 25, 2011). "Bishop International Airport board votes to begin seeking bids for $16.8 million expansion". Flint Journal. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
- Airport Authority Board. Bishop International Airport Authority.
- Bishop public safety director on plane crash: Passengers shocked but able to walk away The Flint Journal via MLive.com November 16, 2011
- N168SL NTSB Accident Report
- Saginaw police nab marijuana-filled suitcases at Flint's Bishop International Airport The Flint Journal via MLive.com, December 13, 2011
- Official website
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