Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport
|Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport
Roger Milliken Field
|IATA: GSP – ICAO: KGSP – FAA LID: GSP
|Owner||Greenville–Spartanburg Airport Commission|
|Serves||Greenville & Spartanburg, 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 located near Greer, South Carolina, about halfway between Greenville and Spartanburg, the major cities of the Upstate region. The airport is the second-busiest airport in South Carolina (after Charleston), serving 1,755,509 passengers in 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.
Prior to GSP, Greenville and Spartanburg had separate airports and competed for airline service. Roger Milliken and other Upstate business leaders helped to create the vision of a shared airport facility. In 1958 a proposal to build 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.
Facilities and aircraft 
Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport covers an area of 3,500 acres (1,400 ha) and has one runway designated 4/22 with a 11,001 x 150 ft (3,353 x 46 m) asphalt/concrete surface. The runway is long enough that this airport can handle a Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet.
The airport consists of one terminal building with two passenger 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.
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.
For the 12-month period 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. At that time there were 15 aircraft based at this airport: 53% jet, 40% multi-engine and 7% single-engine.
Airlines and destinations 
Although having been regularly served by legacy carriers throughout its history, GSP has been plagued with high airfares, due partially to the dominance of Atlanta and Charlotte's airports in close proximity. The arrival of low-cost carriers in recent years has increased passenger figures and reduced airfare costs. Allegiant Air began flights to Florida-based destinations 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 average decrease in the country.
|Allegiant Air||Fort Lauderdale, Orlando–Sanford, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, St. Petersburg/Clearwater||A|
|American Eagle||Dallas/Fort Worth||A|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta||B|
|Delta Connection operated by Chautauqua Airlines||Detroit, New York–LaGuardia||B|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta, Detroit||B|
|Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines||Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, New York–LaGuardia||B|
|Southwest Airlines||Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Houston–Hobby, Nashville, Orlando (ends August 10, 2013)||A|
|United Express operated by ExpressJet||Cleveland, Houston–Intercontinental, Chicago–O'Hare, Washington–Dulles, Newark||A|
|United Express operated by Trans States Airlines||Chicago–O'Hare, Washington–Dulles||A|
|US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin||Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington–National||A|
|US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines||Charlotte||A|
|US Airways Express operated by PSA Airlines||Charlotte, Philadelphia||A|
Top Destinations 
|2||Charlotte, NC||115,000||US Airways|
|3||Chicago (Midway), IL||60,000||Southwest|
|6||Dallas–Fort Worth, TX||48,000||American Eagle|
|7||Chicago (O’Hare), IL||39,000||United|
|8||Washington (Dulles), DC||36,000||United|
|9||Philadelphia, PA||34,000||US Airways|
- 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 May 2, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for GSP, effective May 2, 2013
- Resources for this airport: