Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport

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Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport
Roger Milliken Field
IATA: GSPICAO: KGSPFAA LID: GSP
GSP is located in South Carolina
GSP
GSP
Location
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Greenville–Spartanburg
Airport District
Operator Greenville–Spartanburg
Airport Commission
Serves Upstate South Carolina
Location Greer, South Carolina
Elevation AMSL 964 ft / 294 m
Coordinates 34°53′44″N 082°13′08″W / 34.89556°N 82.21889°W / 34.89556; -82.21889
Website www.GSPairport.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 11,001 3,353 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 1,856,316
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (IATA: GSPICAO: KGSPFAA LID: GSP) (Roger Milliken Field) is near Greer, South Carolina, midway between Greenville and Spartanburg, the major cities of the Upstate region. The airport is the second-busiest airport in South Carolina (after Charleston), with about 1.82 million passengers in 2013.[2]

History[edit]

Prior to GSP, Greenville and Spartanburg had separate airports and competed for airline service. Roger Milliken and other Upstate business leaders worked to get a shared airport. In 1958 a proposal for an airport between the two cities was presented to the legislative delegation for the two counties, which approved the construction and the creation of an airport commission headed by Milliken.

GSP opened on October 15, 1962, replacing Greenville Downtown Airport as the primary airline destination in the region. In the 1980s the airport expanded its terminal and cargo facilities; the runway was lengthened twice in the 1990s. In 2004 the airfield was named for Milliken.

Having been served by legacy carriers with large hubs in nearby Atlanta and Charlotte, GSP had historically been plagued with high fares. The arrival of low-cost carriers in recent years has increased passenger figures and reduced fares. Allegiant Air began flights to Florida in 2008, and in 2011, Southwest Airlines began services to five cities.[3]

Local officials attribute Southwest's presence to an unprecedented 38 percent growth in passenger figures between 2010 and 2011.[4] In 2011 received an ANNIE Award from Airline and Airport News & Analysis for being the fastest-growing small airport in the United States.[4] Passenger traffic grew 38 percent between 2010 and 2011, largely due to new service from Southwest Airlines. In 2012 the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Travel Statistics reported that average fares from GSP decreased by 14 percent; the largest decrease in the country.

Facilities[edit]

The airport covers 3,500 acres (1,400 ha) and has one runway, 4/22, 11,001 x 150 ft (3,353 x 46 m) asphalt/concrete.[1]

The airport has one terminal building with two concourses: Concourse A (gates A1–A9), and Concourse B (gates B1–B4). The check-in level is the same for all passengers. In 2012 the airport embarked on a four-year $102 million terminal improvement program which would modernize the terminal and improve passenger flow to prepare for future expansion.[5] Future planning includes options such as expanding the terminal by 300 percent of its current capacity and the possibility of a second runway parallel to the existing one.

The airport can handle up to 250 passengers per hour through immigration and customs checkpoints.[6]

FedEx operates a major package facility on the north end of the airport, and BMW has a facility which allows for the importation of parts to be easily accessed to the company's manufacturing facility, three miles to the east.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Non-stop destinations from GSP

GSP has six airlines and their regional affiliates. All service is domestic, though there have been suggestions that international flights could be added.[7] The Federal Aviation Administration classifies Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport as a Commercial Service, Primary, Small Hub Airport.[8][9]

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Allegiant Air Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Orlando–Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater A
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta B
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, New York–LaGuardia B
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Houston–Hobby, Nashville (ends June 8, 2014)[10] A
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland (ends June 4, 2014), Houston–Intercontinental, Washington–Dulles, Newark A
US Airways Express Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington–National A

Top Destinations[edit]

Concourse A
Top ten busiest domestic routes out of GSP
(January 2013 – December 2013) [11]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, GA 211,000 Delta
2 Charlotte, NC 115,000 US Airways
3 Chicago (Midway), IL 57,000 Southwest
4 Detroit, MI 57,000 Delta
5 Baltimore, MD 46,000 Southwest
6 Dallas–Fort Worth, TX 44,000 American
7 Chicago (O’Hare), IL 40,000 United
8 Washington (Dulles), DC 36,000 United
9 Philadelphia, PA 33,000 US Airways
10 Houston–Hobby, TX 32,000 Southwest

Statistics[edit]

Carrier shares: January 2013 – December 2013[11]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Southwest Airlines
375,000(20.75%)
Delta Air Lines
270,000(14.91%)
ExpressJet (Delta or United)
264,000(14.58%)
Air Wisconsin (US Airways)
163,000(9.02%)
Allegiant Air
154,000(8.49%)
Other
583,000(32.24%)

Scheduled cargo service[edit]

Airlines Destinations
UPS Airlines Louisville, Memphis
Air Cargo Carriers for UPS Airlines Columbia (SC)
Martinaire for UPS Airlines Charleston (SC), Columbia (SC)
FedEx Express Memphis, Indianapolis

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for GSP (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2012-06-20
  2. ^ Greenville-Spartanburg airport loses ground with fliers "[1]." The Greenville News. February 5, 2014. Retrieved on February 13, 2014.
  3. ^ Staff Reports "[2]." Spartanburg Herald Journal. May 11, 2010. Retrieved on May 11, 2010.
  4. ^ a b http://gspairport.com/pages/newsandmedia/Detail.aspx?fsId2&ItemID=79
  5. ^ http://gspairport.com/Pages/NewsAndMedia/Detail.aspx?fsId2&ItemID=87
  6. ^ http://www.gspairport.com/pages/newsandmedia/Detail.aspx?fsId2&ItemID=106
  7. ^ http://www.gspairport.com/pages/newsandmedia/Detail.aspx?fsId2&ItemID=106
  8. ^ http://www.faa.gov/airports/planning_capacity/npias/reports/media/2011/npias_2011_narrative.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.faa.gov/airports/planning_capacity/passenger_allcargo_stats/passenger/media/cy09_cs_enplanements.pdf
  10. ^ http://www.goupstate.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013131219656
  11. ^ a b http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=GSP&Airport_Name=Greenville/Spartanburg,%20SC:%20Greenville/Spartanburg%20Airport&carrier=FACTS

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