Bishop International Airport

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Bishop International Airport
Flint Bishop Airport Logo.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Bishop International Airport Authority
Serves Flint, Michigan
Location Flint, Michigan
Elevation AMSL 782 ft / 238.4 m
Coordinates 42°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
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 7,848 2,392 Asphalt
9/27 7,200 2,195 Asphalt

Bishop International Airport (IATA: FNTICAO: KFNT) 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.[1][2] The third busiest airport in Michigan, 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.[3] The airport is currently served by several passenger airlines: Allegiant Air, Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines operate mainline service out of the airport, as well as affiliates of Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines. Additionally, FedEx Express operates cargo services out of the airport. Accompanying the airlines is fixed-base operator Av Flight that handles both general aviation and airline operations and one flight school. Bishop International Airport is in southwestern Flint, and is surrounded by Flint Township to the north, east and west; and Mundy Township to the south.

Terminal Renovations[edit]

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,[4] 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,[5] 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.[6]

On April 24, 2012, the airport's board of directors approved a $1.348 million project to repair the airport's tarmac. The project is scheduled to take four months to complete.[7] On September 19, 2012, it was announced that the Federal Aviation Administration approved a grant to fund the project.[8]

On October 6, 2012, a new Transportation Security Administration checkpoint opened in the terminal.[9]

The completed terminal was dedicated on November 13, 2012.[10]

The airport's board allocated an additional $10.9 million for upgrades in 2013 and 2014.[11]

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.[12]


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

  • 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[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul
Southwest Airlines Chicago-Midway
Seasonal: Fort Myers (resumes January 7, 2017) [13] Orlando–MCO, Tampa (resumes January 7, 2017) [13]
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Newark


Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express Columbus, Indianapolis, Memphis
FedEx Feeder Alpena, Gaylord


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from FNT (Dec 2014 – Nov 2015)[14]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 129,000 Delta
2 Chicago, Illinois 78,000 American, United
3 Baltimore, Maryland 47,000 Southwest
4 Orlando, Florida 45,000 Southwest
5 Las Vegas, Nevada 44,000 Southwest
6 Minneapolis, Minnesota 34,000 Delta
7 Tampa, Florida 28,000 Southwest
8 Fort Myers, Florida 5,000 Southwest

Ground transportation[edit]

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 MTA, local taxi services, and Uber which operates in the Flint area.

Several car rental agencies are available at the airport.[15]

Airport Authority Board[edit]

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.[16] BIAA operates the airport's public safety and maintenance departments. On January 27, 2014, airport director Jim Rice retired after 24 years of service.[17] 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.[18]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On December 12, 2011, four people from Saginaw were arrested at Bishop International Airport trying to smuggle 122 pounds (55 kg) of marijuana from Phoenix.[21]



  1. ^ Arthur Giles Bishop, Our
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Measures of Michigan Air Carrier Demand, Michigan Department of Transportation, Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  4. ^ FAA Bishop International Airport Airport Diagram
  5. ^ FNT NOTAM 05/006 "RWY 5/23 CLSD PERM. WIE UNTIL UFN. CREATED: 04 MAY 12:34 2009"
  6. ^ Security process at Bishop International airport eases for seniors The Flint Journal via June 1, 2012
  7. ^ Flint Bishop International Airport board approves $1.3 million repair of tarmac The Flint Journal via, April 24, 2012
  8. ^ Federal $1.4 million grant for Bishop International Airport will help pay for pavement The Flint Journal via, September 19, 2012
  9. ^ Bishop International Airport opens new TSA checkpoint as part of $16.8 million renovation project The Flint Journal via, October 6, 2012
  10. ^ Bishop International Airport to hold dedication for $16.8 million addition The Flint Journal via, November 12, 2012
  11. ^ Bishop International Airport looks to make $10.9 million in improvements for next two years The Flint Journal via, December 1, 2012
  12. ^ Flint's Bishop International Airport gets $2.9 million US grant WNEM-TV, August 29, 2013
  13. ^ a b Southwest Airlines adds new non-stop flights to Florida at Flint's Bishop International Airport WJRT-TV, July 7, 2016
  14. ^ Bishop International Airport Facts Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  15. ^ Car Rentals Bishop International Airport official site
  16. ^ Airport Authority Board. Bishop International Airport Authority.
  17. ^ Bishop Airport Director Jim Rice retiring after 24 years, search starting for replacement The Flint Journal via, January 27, 2014
  18. ^ New Bishop International Airport director meets lifelong goal in new role The Flint Journal via, July 23, 2014
  19. ^ Bishop public safety director on plane crash: Passengers shocked but able to walk away The Flint Journal via November 16, 2011
  20. ^ N168SL NTSB Accident Report
  21. ^ Saginaw police nab marijuana-filled suitcases at Flint's Bishop International Airport The Flint Journal via, December 13, 2011

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