Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport

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Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport
Roger Milliken Field
Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport Logo.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Greenville–Spartanburg
Airport District
Operator Greenville–Spartanburg
Airport Commission
Serves Upstate South Carolina
Location Greer, South Carolina
Elevation AMSL 964 ft / 294 m
Coordinates 34°53′44″N 082°13′08″W / 34.89556°N 82.21889°W / 34.89556; -82.21889
Website www.GSPairport.com
Map
GSP is located in South Carolina
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GSP is located in the US
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Location of airport in South Carolina / United States
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 11,001 3,353 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics
Aircraft operations (2016) 46,733
Based aircraft (2017) 16
Total Passengers Served (12 months ending Jan 2017) 2,018,319
Cargo handled (12 months ending Jan 2017) 61,000,000 lbs.

Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (IATA: GSPICAO: KGSPFAA 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 International Airport, with about 2.02 million passengers in 2016.[2]

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.[3]

History[edit]

Prior to construction of the Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), each city had separate airports and competed for airline service. In the mid-1950s, Roger Milliken, a textile heir, industrialist, businessman (CEO of Milliken & Company), and political activist, as well as other Upstate business leaders, worked to get a shared commercial airport for both cities. 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, GSP expanded its terminal and cargo facilities, and the runway was lengthened twice during 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 reduced fares and increased passenger figures. Allegiant Air began flights to Florida in 2006,[4] and in 2011 Southwest Airlines began service to five cities.[5]

Local officials attribute Southwest's presence to an unprecedented 38 percent growth in passenger figures between 2010 and 2011.[6] In 2011 GSP received an ANNIE Award from Airline and Airport News & Analysis for being the fastest-growing small airport in the United States.[6] 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[edit]

Concourse A

The airport covers 3,500 acres (1,400 ha) and has one runway, 4/22, 11,001 x 150 ft (3,353 x 46 m) asphalt/concrete.[1]

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, as well as prepare for future expansion.[7] Future planning includes several options, i.e., the expansion of the terminal by 300 percent of its current capacity and the possibility of the addition of second runway, parallel to the existing one.

Concourse B is used exclusively by Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection. All other airlines use Concourse A.

The airport can handle up to 250 passengers per hour through immigration and customs checkpoints.[8]

FedEx operates a major package facility on the north end of the airport, and BMW has a facility which supports easy transfer of arriving parts to the company's manufacturing facility, three miles to the east.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

GSP is serviced by five passenger airlines and their regional affiliates. All service is domestic, though there have been suggestions that international flights could be added.[8]

In July 2016, GSP airport and Senator International of Germany announced that a regularly scheduled twice-weekly freight service would begin in November between Greenville/Spartanburg and Munich, Germany. The freight service would be the first scheduled international route for the airport.[9][10][11][12] Senator International began the international freight service to Germany in November, operated by Air Atlanta Icelandic with a Boeing 747-400F aircraft, to both Munich and Frankfurt-Hahn.[13][14]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations Refs
Allegiant Air Fort Lauderdale, Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater [15]
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth [16]
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Washington–National [16]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: Detroit
[17]
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, New York–LaGuardia [17]
Southwest Airlines Atlanta [18]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles [19]

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express Indianapolis, Memphis
Senator International
operated by Air Atlanta Icelandic
Hahn, Munich
UPS Airlines Louisville
UPS Airlines
operated by Air Cargo Carriers
Columbia (SC)
UPS Airlines
operated by Martinaire
Charleston (SC), Columbia (SC)

Statistics[edit]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest Domestic Routes from GSP (Feb 2016 - Jan 2017)[20]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 366,140 Delta, Southwest
2 Charlotte, North Carolina 137,280 American
3 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 61,560 American, United
4 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 60,270 American
5 Detroit, Michigan 56,880 Delta
6 Washington–Dulles, D.C. 42,940 United
7 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 36,840 American
8 Newark, New Jersey 35,900 United
9 Washington–National, D.C. 35,890 American
10 Houston, Texas 24,550 United

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at GSP, CY 1963 through 2016[21]
2010's 2000's 1990's 1980's 1970's 1960's
Year Passengers Change Year Passengers Change Year Passengers Change Year Passengers Change Year Passengers Change Year Passengers Change
2010 1,268,202 Increase 3.25% 2000 1,590,786 Increase 4.76% 1990 1,184,580 Increase 6.69% 1980 666,541 Decrease 3.53% 1970 325,686 Decrease 1.93%
2009 1,253,759 Decrease 11.65% 1999 1,518,561 Increase 6.59% 1989 1,110,314 Decrease 2.57% 1979 690,904 Increase 3.86% 1969 332,090 Increase 11.36%
2008 1,415,688 Decrease 8.96% 1998 1,424,669 Decrease 1.76% 1988 1,139,640 Increase 3.06% 1978 665,203 Increase 16.86% 1968 298,221 Increase 16.09%
2007 1,555,077 Increase 1.71% 1997 1,450,174 Increase 1.54% 1987 1,105,752 Increase 17.9% 1977 569,246 Increase 7.06% 1967 256,885 Increase 31.13%
2016 2,018,319 Increase 4.0% 2006 1,528,979 Decrease 14.71% 1996 1,428,223 Increase 7.99% 1986 937,863 Increase 9.81% 1976 531,695 Increase 14.33% 1966 195,898 Steady 0%
2015 1,940,602 Increase 2.3% 2005 1,792,597 Increase 13.81% 1995 1,322,540 Decrease 15.22% 1985 854,092 Increase 16.05% 1975 465,058 Decrease 6.24% 1965 195,893 Increase 7.16%
2014 1,897,264 Increase 1.63% 2004 1,575,117 Increase 16.62% 1994 1,560,042 Increase 33.13% 1984 735,961 Increase 18.61% 1974 496,019 Increase 7.23% 1964 182,798 Increase 15.65%
2013 1,827,066 Decrease 1.8% 2003 1,350,648 Decrease 2.61% 1993 1,171,826 Increase 6.79% 1983 620,508 Increase 20.85% 1973 462,565 Increase 12.36% 1963 158,068
2012 1,856,316 Increase 6.37% 2002 1,386,828 Decrease 1.82% 1992 1,097,287 Increase 3.93% 1982 513,450 Decrease 11.83% 1972 411,683 Increase 17.71%
2011 1,755,509 Increase 37.29% 2001 1,412,567 Decrease 11.20% 1991 1,055,823 Decrease 10.87% 1981 582,352 Decrease 12.63% 1971 349,735 Increase 7.38%

Airline market share[edit]

Carrier shares: February 2016 – January 2017[20]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Delta Air Lines
525,000(26.91%)
ExpressJet
290,000(14.89%)
PSA
234,000(12.03%)
Southwest
217,000(8.40%)
Mesa
149,000(7.62%)
Other
534,000(27.40%)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for GSP (Form 5010 PDF), effective May 25, 2017
  2. ^ "Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport Passenger Statistics." GSPairport.com.
  3. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Staff Reports "http://www.goupstate.com/article/20060824/NEWS/608230366" August 23, 2006.
  5. ^ Staff Reports "[1]." Spartanburg Herald Journal. May 11, 2010. Retrieved on May 11, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "GSP International Airport". GSP International Airport. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "GSP International Airport". GSP International Airport. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "GSP International Airport". GSP International Airport. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ http://www.goupstate.com/news/20160720/gsp-announces-air-cargo-route-to-germany
  10. ^ http://upstatebusinessjournal.com/news/greenville-spartanburg-international-airport-announced-new-cargo-service-will-operated-germany-based-senator-international/
  11. ^ http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/money/business/2016/08/12/gsp-elite-company-new-international-air-cargo-service/88541056/
  12. ^ http://www.senator-international.com/en/our-services/senator-atlantic-bridge.html
  13. ^ http://www.freightweek.org/~freightweek/index.php/latest-news/82-air/2322-new-bmw-link-with-south-carolina
  14. ^ https://www.ajot.com/news/senator-atlantic-airbridge-to-depart-once-a-week-from-munich-to-greenville
  15. ^ "Allegiant Air Route Map". www.allegiantair.com. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  16. ^ a b "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  17. ^ a b "Delta Flight Schedule" (PDF). Delta.com. pp. 631–635. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Check Flight Schedules". Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Timetable". Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "RITA - BTS - Transtats". bts.gov. Retrieved April 29, 2017. 
  21. ^ "GSP International Airport". GSP International Airport. Retrieved April 29, 2017. 

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