Bishop International Airport

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Bishop International Airport
Flint Bishop Airport Logo.jpg
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorBishop International Airport Authority
ServesFlint, Michigan
Location3425 W. Bristol Rd.
Flint, Michigan
Elevation AMSL782 ft / 238.4 m
Coordinates42°57′56″N 83°44′37″W / 42.96556°N 83.74361°W / 42.96556; -83.74361Coordinates: 42°57′56″N 83°44′37″W / 42.96556°N 83.74361°W / 42.96556; -83.74361
FNT is located in Michigan
Location of the airport in Michigan
FNT is located in the United States
FNT (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 7,848 2,392 Asphalt
9/27 7,200 2,195 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2015)33,367
Based aircraft (2017)91
Total Passengers Served (12 months ending Jan 2019)701,000
Cargo handled (12 months ending Jan 2017)24,000,000 lbs.

Bishop International Airport (IATA: FNT, ICAO: KFNT, FAA LID: FNT) 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.[2][3] The third busiest airport in Michigan after Detroit and Grand Rapids, 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.[4] It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a small hub primary commercial service facility.[5]


In 1928, the Arthur Giles Bishop family gave to the City of Flint 220 acres for aeronautical purposes. The city operated Bishop airport until 1987 when the city and Genesee County formed an authority, Bishop International Airport Authority to run the airport.[6]

The renovation and expansion of the terminal, originally built in 1993, was designed by Reynolds, Smith & Hills.[7]


The airport is currently served by several passenger airlines: Allegiant Air and Delta Air Lines operate mainline service out of the airport, and regional services are provided by affiliates of Delta Connection, United Express and American Eagle. Additionally, FedEx Express and a FedEx Feeder affiliate operate cargo services out of the airport. Accompanying the airlines is fixed-base operator Av Flight that handles both general aviation and airline operations[8] and the flight school American Wings Aviation.[9] It is in southwestern Flint, and is surrounded by Flint Township to the north, east and west; and Mundy Township to the south.

Southwest Airlines briefly served Flint following their merger with AirTran in 2014. Southwest offered daily Boeing 737 flights from Flint to Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa and Baltimore before dropping them and serving only Chicago Midway airport in 2016.[10] While flights to Midway were full, Southwest did not see adequate profit from the short flight[11] and ceased service to Flint in 2018.[12]

After Southwest's service downgrade in 2016, Allegiant Airlines saw the demand in Flint for low cost flights to popular tourist destinations and began service to Orlando/Sanford and Tampa/Clearwater- St Petersburg in 2016. The success of those routes led to additional service to Ft. Myers- Punta Gorda, FL[13] in 2018 and seasonal service to both Ft. Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach.[14]

Although Allegiant was a welcome to passengers at Flint, the lack of daily flights that Southwest had offered plus the Delta cancellation of their twice daily Minneapolis flight[15], led Flint to their lowest passenger numbers in over a decade.[16] Statistics from the airport for 2018 show the number of passengers boarding flights at Bishop down about 10 percent -- from 400,781 in 2017 to 360,609 in 2018, the lowest number of departing flights from Flint since 2002.[17]

Despite the 2018 results, early 2019 saw Allegiant become the number one air carrier in Flint, carrying 41 percent of Flint's passengers in February.[18] United Express also started a fourth daily flight to Chicago O'Hare[19] and American Eagle announced on April 11, 2019 twice daily service to Charlotte, NC to begin in September 2019.[20]


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,[21] 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,[22] as progress continued in the Capital Improvement Program.

The renovation and expansion of the terminal, originally built in 1993, was designed by Reynolds, Smith & Hills.[23]

On April 24, 2012, the airport's board of directors approved a $1.348 million project to repair the airport's tarmac.[24] On September 19, 2012, it was announced that the Federal Aviation Administration approved a grant to fund the project.[25]

On October 6, 2012, a new Transportation Security Administration checkpoint opened in the terminal.[26]

The completed terminal was dedicated on November 13, 2012.[27]

The airport's board allocated an additional $10.9 million for upgrades in 2013 and 2014.[28]

On August 29, 2013, the airport received a $2.87 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which was used to repair taxiways and lighting and to buy a replacement snow truck.[29]

On September 28, 2017, the airport received a $4,302,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration which will be used to rehabilitate the pavement of Taxiway C, construct asphalt shoulders and install runway guard lights at each access point to the runway.[30]

On July 30, 2018, the FAA gave the airport a $4,012,542 grant for taxiway construction, rehabilitation and lighting.[31]

On June 5, 2019, the FAA gave the airport $8,056,505 for runway reconstruction, the addition of runway shoulders, and enhancements to the runway’s lighting system.[32]


Bishop International Airport covers 1,550 acres (6 km²) and has two runways:[1]

  • 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


Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota (begins November 24, 2019)[33]
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Atlanta
United Express Chicago–O'Hare



FedEx Express Memphis
Seasonal: Indianapolis, Pittsburgh
FedEx Feeder Alpena
Seasonal: Gaylord



Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from FNT (May 2018 – Apr 2019)[35]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 95,900 American, United
2 Atlanta, Georgia 93,830 Delta
3 Orlando–Sanford, Florida 36,690 Allegiant
4 St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida 35,220 Allegiant
5 Punta Gorda, Florida 28,260 Allegiant
6 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 23,090 Delta
7 Chicago–Midway, Illinois 8,710 Southwest
8 Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida 7,230 Allegiant
9 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 2,060 Allegiant

2018 was Bishop's worst year since 2002, with departures down about 10 percent -- from 400,781 in 2017 to 360,609 in 2018.[36]

Ground transportation

Bishop International Airport is accessible from I-69, I-75/US-23 and I-475 at Bristol Road. The airport is also served by a bus line operated by the Flint Mass Transportation Authority, local taxi services, and Uber which operates in the Flint area.

Several car rental agencies are available at the airport.[37]

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.[38] BIAA operates the airport's public safety and maintenance departments. On January 27, 2014, airport director Jim Rice retired after 24 years of service.[39] The service drive in front of the airport that leads to the terminal and front parking lot has since been renamed in his honor. The board later named Craig Williams, former Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority board member, as his successor on July 22, 2014.[40]

Accidents and incidents



  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for FNT (Form 5010 PDF), effective May 25, 2017.
  2. ^ Fly through Bishop Airport history with 46 old photos The Flint Journal via, March 5, 2015
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Measures of Michigan Air Carrier Demand Archived July 10, 2012, at, Michigan Department of Transportation, Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 21, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Adams, Dominic (March 5, 2015). "Fly through Bishop Airport history with 46 old photos". The Flint Journal. Mlive Media Group. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  7. ^ Shafran, Cathy (June 1, 2012). "Security process at Flint Bishop airport eases for seniors". Flint Journal. Mlive Media Group. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  8. ^ AvFlight - Bishop International Airport
  9. ^ American Wings Aviation - Flint, Michigan Archived April 20, 2017, at the Wayback Machine Pilot Career Center
  10. ^ Adams, Dominic (November 1, 2015). "Southwest Airlines cuts nonstop flights to three cities from Bishop Airport". Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  11. ^ Team, ABC 12 News. "Southwest Airlines to end service at Flint's Bishop Airport". Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  12. ^ "Southwest Airlines pulls plug on flights from Flint". November 2, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  13. ^ "Allegiant announces new, nonstop flight from Flint to southwest Florida". June 20, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  14. ^ "Allegiant announces new flights from Flint to Ft. Lauderdale, Myrtle Beach". March 7, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  15. ^ Owczarzak, Brianna. "Bishop airport loses Delta route to Minneapolis". WNEM Saginaw. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  16. ^ Fonger, Ron (January 29, 2019). "Flint Bishop Airport's 2018 passenger traffic dropped to lowest level since 2002". Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  17. ^ Fonger, Ron (January 29, 2019). "Flint Bishop Airport's 2018 passenger traffic dropped to lowest level since 2002". Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  18. ^ Wednesday, Ashley Schafer |; March 27; 2019. "Allegiant ranks as Bishop Airport's No. 1 airline". Flintside. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  19. ^ Team, ABC12 News. "United Airlines adds a new afternoon flight from Flint to Chicago". Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  20. ^ Laine, Carrie. "Bishop International Airport announces new flights". WNEM Saginaw. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  21. ^ FAA Bishop International Airport Airport Diagram[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ FNT NOTAM 05/006 "RWY 5/23 CLSD PERM. WIE UNTIL UFN. CREATED: 04 MAY 12:34 2009"
  23. ^ Security process at Bishop International airport eases for seniors The Flint Journal via June 1, 2012
  24. ^ Flint Bishop International Airport board approves $1.3 million repair of tarmac The Flint Journal via, April 24, 2012
  25. ^ Federal $1.4 million grant for Bishop International Airport will help pay for pavement The Flint Journal via, September 19, 2012
  26. ^ Bishop International Airport opens new TSA checkpoint as part of $16.8 million renovation project The Flint Journal via, October 6, 2012
  27. ^ Bishop International Airport to hold dedication for $16.8 million addition The Flint Journal via, November 12, 2012
  28. ^ Bishop International Airport looks to make $10.9 million in improvements for next two years The Flint Journal via, December 1, 2012
  29. ^ Flint's Bishop International Airport gets $2.9 million US grant WNEM-TV, August 29, 2013
  30. ^ Bishop International Airport to receive $4 million grant WEYI-TV (NBC 25), September 28, 2017
  31. ^ Bishop Airport gets $4 million in federal grants for improvements The Flint Journal via, August 1, 2018
  32. ^ Bishop Airport will rebuild, improve runway with $8-million grant The Flint Journal via, June 5, 2019
  33. ^ Flint Bishop Airport announces nonstop flights to Sarasota, Florida WNEM-TV, August 13, 2019
  34. ^ a b Bishop International Airport Flight Tracker FlightAware
  35. ^ Bishop International Airport Facts Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  36. ^ Flint Bishop Airport’s 2018 passenger traffic dropped to lowest level since 2002 The Flint Journal via, January 29, 2019
  37. ^ Car Rentals Archived February 19, 2015, at the Wayback Machine Bishop International Airport official site
  38. ^ Airport Authority Board Archived February 25, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Bishop International Airport Authority.
  39. ^ Bishop Airport Director Jim Rice retiring after 24 years, search starting for replacement The Flint Journal via, January 27, 2014
  40. ^ New Bishop International Airport director meets lifelong goal in new role The Flint Journal via, July 23, 2014
  41. ^ Bishop public safety director on plane crash: Passengers shocked but able to walk away The Flint Journal via November 16, 2011
  42. ^ N168SL NTSB Accident Report
  43. ^ Saginaw police nab marijuana-filled suitcases at Flint's Bishop International Airport The Flint Journal via, December 13, 2011
  44. ^ Stabbing at Bishop Airport being investigated as act of terrorism, one person in custody WJRT-TV (ABC 12), June 21, 2017
  45. ^ FBI: Too early to say knife attack at Flint Bishop Airport is terrorism The Flint Journal via, June 21, 2017
  46. ^ "Canadian man charged after possible terror attack at Michigan airport, FBI says | Toronto Star". Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  47. ^ Flint airport stabber sentenced to life in prison, says he doesn’t regret actions The Flint Journal via, April 18, 2019
  48. ^ Landing gear issue on private plane leads to emergency landing at Bishop Airport The Flint Journal via, January 6, 2019
  49. ^ Elevated levels of PFAS found in groundwater at Bishop Airport The Flint Journal via, January 18, 2019

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