Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport

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Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport
Roger Milliken Field
Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport Logo.jpg


GSP is located in South Carolina
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
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 11,001 3,353 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 1,856,316

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), with about 1.82 million passengers in 2013.[2]


Prior to construction of the Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), each city had separate airports and competed for airline service. Roger Milliken and other Upstate business leaders worked to get a shared airport. 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,[3] and in 2011 Southwest Airlines began service to five cities.[4]

Local officials attribute Southwest's presence to an unprecedented 38 percent growth in passenger figures between 2010 and 2011.[5] In 2011 GSP received an ANNIE Award from Airline and Airport News & Analysis for being the fastest-growing small airport in the United States.[5] 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.


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.[6] 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.

The airport can handle up to 250 passengers per hour through immigration and customs checkpoints.[7]

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 six airlines and their regional affiliates. All service is domestic, though there have been suggestions that international flights could be added.[7] The Federal Aviation Administration classifies Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport as a Commercial Service, Primary, Small Hub Airport.[8][9]

The airport has two concourses. Concourse B is used exclusively by Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection. All other airlines use Concourse A.


Airlines Destinations Concourse
Allegiant Air Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater A
American Eagle Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Washington–National A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta B
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, New York–LaGuardia B
Southwest Airlines Atlanta (begins April 12, 2016),[10] Baltimore (ends April 11, 2016),[11] Chicago–Midway (ends April 11, 2016),[12] Houston–Hobby (ends April 11, 2016)[13] A
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles A


Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express Indianapolis, Memphis
UPS Airlines Louisville
UPS Airlines
operated by Air Cargo Carriers
Columbia (SC)
UPS Airlines
operated by Martinaire
Charleston (SC), Columbia (SC)


Top destinations[edit]

Concourse A
Busiest domestic routes from GSP (Oct 2014 – Sep 2015)[14]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 267,000 Delta
2 Charlotte, North Carolina 122,000 US Airways
3 Chicago–Midway, Illinois 67,000 Southwest
4 Detroit, Michigan 52,000 Delta
5 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 52,000 American
6 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 43,000 United
7 Washington–Dulles, D.C. 42,000 United
8 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 41,000 US Airways
9 Baltimore, Maryland 36,000 Southwest
10 Houston–Hobby, Texas 35,000 Southwest

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at GSP, 1963 through 2014[15]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
2010 1,268,202 2000 1,590,786 1990 1,184,580 1980 666,541 1970 325,686
2009 1,253,759 1999 1,518,561 1989 1,110,314 1979 690,904 1969 332,090
2008 1,415,688 1998 1,424,669 1988 1,139,640 1978 665,203 1968 298,221
2007 1,555,077 1997 1,450,174 1987 1,105,752 1977 569,246 1967 256,885
2006 1,528,979 1996 1,428,223 1986 937,863 1976 531,695 1966 195,898
2005 1,792,597 1995 1,322,540 1985 854,092 1975 465,058 1965 195,893
2014 1,897,264 2004 1,575,117 1994 1,560,042 1984 735,961 1974 496,019 1964 182,798
2013 1,827,066 2003 1,350,648 1993 1,171,826 1983 620,508 1973 462,565 1963 158,068
2012 1,856,316 2002 1,386,828 1992 1,097,287 1982 513,450 1972 411,683
2011 1,755,509 2001 1,412,567 1991 1,055,823 1981 582,352 1971 349,735

Airline market share[edit]

Carrier shares: January – December 2014[14]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Delta Air Lines
Southwest Airlines
ExpressJet (Delta or United)
Allegiant Air
Air Wisconsin (US Airways)


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