Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport
|Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport
Roger Milliken Field
|IATA: GSP – ICAO: KGSP – FAA LID: GSP
|Serves||Upstate South Carolina|
|Location||Greer, South Carolina|
|Elevation AMSL||964 ft / 294 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (IATA: GSP, ICAO: KGSP, FAA LID: GSP), also known as GSP, or Roger Milliken Field, is a public airport 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), serving 1,856,316 passengers in 2012.
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.
Prior to GSP, Greenville and Spartanburg had separate airports and competed for airline service. Roger Milliken and other Upstate business leaders helped create the vision of 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 for service on October 15, 1962, replacing Greenville Downtown Airport as the primary airline destination in the Upstate region. In the 1980s the airport expanded its terminal and cargo facilities; the runway was twice lengthened in the 1990s. In 2004 the airfield was named in Milliken's honor.
Having always been served by legacy carriers with large hubs in nearby Atlanta and Charlotte, GSP had historically been plagued with high airfares. 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.
Local officials attribute Southwest's presence to an unprecedented 38 percent growth in passenger figures between 2010 and 2011. 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 and aircraft
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 of the airport. Future planning for the airport includes options such as expanding the terminal by 300 percent of its current capacity and the possibility of adding a second runway parallel to the existing one.
The airport is equipped to 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 also has a facility which allows for the importation of parts to be easily accessed to the company's manufacturing facility, located three miles to the east.
In the year ending October 31, 2007 the airport had 67,846 aircraft operations, an average of 185 per day: 66% air taxi, 23% general aviation, 9% scheduled commercial, 2% military. 15 aircraft were then based at this airport: 53% jet, 40% multi-engine and 7% single-engine.
Airlines and destinations
GSP is presently served by six airlines and their regional affiliates. All service out of GSP is domestic in nature, though there have been suggestions that international flights could be added in the future. The Federal Aviation Administration classifies Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport as a Commercial Service, Primary, Small Hub Airport.
|2||Charlotte, NC||110,000||US Airways|
|3||Chicago (Midway), IL||57,000||Southwest|
|6||Dallas–Fort Worth, TX||45,000||American Eagle|
|7||Chicago (O’Hare), IL||40,000||United|
|8||Washington (Dulles), DC||38,000||United|
|9||Philadelphia, PA||32,000||US Airways|
Scheduled cargo service
|UPS Airlines||Louisville, Memphis|
|FedEx Express||Memphis, Indianapolis|
- FAA Airport Master Record for GSP ( PDF), effective 2012-06-20
- Staff Reports "." Spartanburg Herald Journal. May 11, 2010. Retrieved on May 11, 2010.
- Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport, official site
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for GSP, effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport: