Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport

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Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport

Roger Milliken Field
Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport Logo.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGreenville–Spartanburg
Airport District
OperatorGreenville–Spartanburg
Airport Commission
ServesUpstate South Carolina
LocationGreer, South Carolina
Elevation AMSL964 ft / 294 m
Coordinates34°53′44″N 082°13′08″W / 34.89556°N 82.21889°W / 34.89556; -82.21889
Websitewww.GSPairport.com
Map
GSP is located in South Carolina
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GSP is located in the United States
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 11,001 3,353 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics
Aircraft operations (2017)45,526
Based aircraft (2018)12
Passengers (2018)2,318,317
Cargo handled (12 months ending Nov 2017)63,000,000 lbs.

Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (IATA: GSP, ICAO: KGSP, FAA 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 third-busiest airport in South Carolina, after Charleston International Airport and Myrtle Beach International Airport, with about 2.31 million passengers in 2018.[2]

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 categorized it as a small-hub primary commercial service facility.[3]

History[edit]

Before construction of the Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), each city had its own airport and competed for airline service. In the mid-1950s Roger Milliken, a textile heir, industrialist, businessman (CEO of Milliken & Company), and political activist, worked with other Upstate business leaders to get a shared airport for the two 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 in 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 long 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% 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%; 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 ft × 150 ft (3,353 m × 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% of its current capacity and the possibility of the addition of second runway, parallel to the existing one.

Concourse A is used exclusively by American, Frontier, Southwest and United. Delta and Allegiant use Concourse B.

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

FedEx has 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.

View from Concourse B overlooking central area post security

The airport was the facility used for many equestrian teams to deliver horses to and from the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in neighboring Tryon, North Carolina.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

GSP is serviced by six passenger airlines and their regional affiliates. All service is domestic.[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]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs
Allegiant Air Fort Lauderdale, Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater [15]
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth [16]
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington–National [16]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: Detroit
[17]
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, New York–La Guardia [17]
Frontier Airlines Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando,[18] Tampa[19]
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore (begins November 3, 2019)[20] [21]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles [22]
View of Concourse B post renovation

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Atlanta Icelandic Frankfurt–Hahn, Munich,[23] Querétaro[24]
Amerijet International Miami
FedEx Express Indianapolis, Memphis
FedEx Feeder
operated by Mountain Air Cargo
Greensboro
UPS Airlines Charleston (SC), Columbia (SC), Louisville, Miami, Raleigh/Durham
Seasonal: Hartford
Southwest Airlines Cargo Atlanta (GA)


Delta Airlines A320 at Gate B3

Statistics[edit]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest Domestic Routes from GSP (April 2018 – March 2019)[25]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 424,190 Delta, Southwest
2 Charlotte, North Carolina 158,540 American
3 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 90,420 American
4 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 87,440 American, United
5 Detroit, Michigan 64,440 Delta
6 Washington–Dulles, D.C. 50,580 United
7 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 44,220 American
8 Newark, New Jersey 42,430 United
9 Houston, Texas 36,630 United
10 Washington–National, D.C. 35,650 American

Airline market share[edit]

Carrier shares: April 2018 – March 2019[25]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Delta
677,000(29.38%)
PSA
457,000(19.85%)
Southwest
219,000(9.52%)
American
178,000(7.71%)
Allegiant
110,000(4.76%)
Other
663,000(28.79%)

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at GSP, CY 1963 – 2017[26]
2010s 2000s 1990s 1980s 1970s 1960s
Year Passengers Change Year Passengers Change Year Passengers Change Year Passengers Change Year Passengers Change Year Passengers Change
2010 1,301,744 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 1,250,766 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%
2018 2,317,984 Increase 8.8% 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%
2017 2,130,885 Increase 6.0% 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 2,011,047 Increase 3.6% 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 1,866,826 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 1,901,032 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 1,787,161 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%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for GSP (Form 5010 PDF), effective February 1, 2018
  2. ^ "Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport Passenger Statistics." GSPairport.com.
  3. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 21, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 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. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  7. ^ "GSP International Airport". GSP International Airport. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "GSP International Airport". GSP International Airport. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  9. ^ Montgomerybob, Bob. "GSP announces air cargo route to Germany - News - GoUpstate - Spartanburg, SC". GoUpstate. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "GSP announces new cargo service from Senator International". Upstate Business Journal. July 19, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "GSP is in elite company with new international air cargo service". Greenvilleonline.com. August 12, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "SENATOR Atlantic Bridge". Senator International. November 5, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  13. ^ "New BMW link with South Carolina". Freightweek.org. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  14. ^ "Senator Atlantic Airbridge to depart once a week from Munich to Greenville/Spartanburg, NC, USA". Ajot.Com. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  15. ^ "Allegiant Air Route Map". www.allegiantair.com. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Delta Flight Schedule" (PDF). Delta.com. pp. 631–635. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 19, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "Frontier Airlines expands service from Tampa to six cities". Tampa Bay Times. August 8, 2018.
  20. ^ https://www.facebook.com/BWIairport/photos/a.103032603077571/2228515627195914/?type=3&theater
  21. ^ "Check Flight Schedules". Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  22. ^ "Timetable". Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  23. ^ "Senator International Launches Atlantic Air Bridge". cargoforwarder.eu. July 24, 2016. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  24. ^ "Senator International adds weekly cargo flight from GSP to Mexico". wspa.com. June 25, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  25. ^ a b "RITA - BTS - Transtats". bts.gov. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  26. ^ "GSP International Airport". GSP International Airport. Retrieved April 29, 2017.

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