Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport
|Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport
Roger Milliken Field
|Serves||Upstate South Carolina|
|Location||Greer, South Carolina|
|Elevation AMSL||964 ft / 294 m|
Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (IATA: GSP, ICAO: KGSP, FAA 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.
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 2006, and in 2011 Southwest Airlines began services to five cities.
Local officials attribute Southwest's presence to an unprecedented 38 percent growth in passenger figures between 2010 and 2011. In 2011 received an ANNIE Award from Airline and Airport News & Analysis for being the fastest-growing small airport in the United States. 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.
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. 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.
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
GSP has six airlines and their regional affiliates. All service is domestic, though there have been suggestions that international flights could be added. The Federal Aviation Administration classifies Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport as a Commercial Service, Primary, Small Hub Airport.
|2||Charlotte, NC||126,000||US Airways|
|3||Chicago (Midway), IL||68,000||Southwest|
|5||Dallas–Fort Worth, TX||45,000||American|
|6||Chicago (O'Hare), IL||41,000||United|
|7||Washington (Dulles), DC||40,000||United|
|9||Philadelphia, PA||36,000||US Airways|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|Delta Air Lines||
|ExpressJet (Delta or United)||
|Air Wisconsin (US Airways)||
Scheduled cargo service
|UPS Airlines||Louisville, Memphis|
|Air Cargo Carriers for UPS Airlines||Columbia (SC)|
|Martinaire for UPS Airlines||Charleston (SC), Columbia (SC)|
|FedEx Express||Memphis, Indianapolis|
- FAA Airport Master Record for GSP ( PDF), effective June 20, 2012
- Greenville-Spartanburg airport loses ground with fliers "." The Greenville News. February 5, 2014. Retrieved on February 13, 2014.
- Staff Reports "http://www.goupstate.com/article/20060824/NEWS/608230366" August 23, 2006.
- Staff Reports "." Spartanburg Herald Journal. May 11, 2010. Retrieved on May 11, 2010.
- Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport, official site
- (PDF), effective January 8, 2015
- FAA Terminal Procedures for GSP, effective January 8, 2015
- Resources for this airport: