Bishop International Airport

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Bishop International Airport
IATA: FNTICAO: KFNT
Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorBishop International Airport Authority
ServesFlint, Michigan
LocationFlint, 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
Websitewww.bishopairport.org
Map
FNT is located in Michigan
FNT
Location of the airport in Michigan
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
18/367,8482,392Asphalt
9/277,2002,195Asphalt
 
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Bishop International Airport
IATA: FNTICAO: KFNT
Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorBishop International Airport Authority
ServesFlint, Michigan
LocationFlint, 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
Websitewww.bishopairport.org
Map
FNT is located in Michigan
FNT
Location of the airport in Michigan
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
18/367,8482,392Asphalt
9/277,2002,195Asphalt

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 airlines. AirTran Airways and Delta Air Lines operate mainline service out of the airport. Regional airlines Chautauqua (As AmericanConnection), Pinnacle (As Delta Connection), SkyWest (As Delta Connection), and CommutAir (As United Express) operate out of the airport as well. 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.

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Terminal Renovations

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, is due to be completed in the fall of 2012 and 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 has allocated an additional $10.9 million for upgrades in 2013 and 2014. [11]

Facilities

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

Airlines and destinations

Passenger flights

AirlinesDestinations
AirTran Airways operated by Southwest AirlinesAtlanta, Orlando, Tampa
Seasonal: Fort Myers (all end April 13, 2013)[12]
AmericanConnection operated by Chautauqua AirlinesChicago-O'Hare
Delta Air LinesAtlanta
Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle AirlinesDetroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection operated by SkyWest AirlinesDetroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Southwest AirlinesBaltimore, Orlando, Tampa (all begin April 14, 2013) [12]
United Express operated by CommutAirCleveland

Cargo operations

AirlinesDestinations
FedEx ExpressMemphis

Top destinations

Busiest Domestic Routes from FNT
(April 2011 - March 2012)
[13]
RankCityPassengersCarriers
1Atlanta, GA214,000AirTran, Delta
2Detroit, MI52,000Delta
3Chicago (O'Hare), IL44,000American
4Orlando, FL38,000AirTran
5Cleveland, OH29,000United
6Minneapolis, MN28,000Delta
7Milwaukee, WI22,000Frontier
8Tampa, FL17,000AirTran
9Fort Myers, FL15,000AirTran
10Bullhead City, AZ1,000-

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 MTA.

Several car rental agencies are available at the airport. [14]

Authority Board

Bishop International Airport Authority
Agency overview
Agency executiveJames L. Rice, Airport Director[15]
Website
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.[16] BIAA operates the airport's public safety and maintenance departments.

Board Memberrepresentingposition
Guy D. BriggsChair
Winfield L. Cooper, IIIVice chair
Claudia F. SheltonSecretary
Mark YonanTreasurer
Laval Perry
Michael Manley
Michael McNamara
Charlie Marshall
Cal Rapson

[16]

Recent incidents

On November 16, 2011, a Piaggio P.180 Avanti operating as Avant Airlines Flight 168 (Detroit-Metro to West Bend Municipal, tail number N168SL) crashed upon landing due to an engine failure. The plane was destroyed, but everyone aboard survived with only minor injuries.[17] [18]

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. [19]

Gallery

References

  1. ^ Arthur Giles Bishop, Our Genealogy.com
  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 24 January 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 Flint Bishop International airport eases for seniors The Flint Journal via MLive.com June 1, 2012
  7. ^ Flint Bishop International Airport board approves $1.3 million repair of tarmac The Flint Journal via MLive.com, April 24, 2012
  8. ^ Federal $1.4 million grant for Bishop International Airport will help pay for pavement The Flint Journal via MLive.com, September 19, 2012
  9. ^ Airport opens new TSA checkpoint as part of $16.8 million renovation project The Flint Journal via MLive.com, October 6, 2012
  10. ^ Bishop Airport to hold dedication for $16.8 million addition The Flint Journal via MLive.com, November 12, 2012
  11. ^ Bishop Airport looks to make $10.9 million in improvements for next two years The Flint Journal via MLive.com, December 1, 2012
  12. ^ a b Southwest announces nonstop flights from Bishop starting spring 2013 The Flint Journal via MLive.com, October 22, 2012
  13. ^ Bishop International Airport Facts Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  14. ^ Car Rentals Bishop International Airport official site
  15. ^ AlHajal, Khalil (January 25, 2011). "Bishop International Airport board votes to begin seeking bids for $16.8 million expansion". Flint Journal. http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2011/01/bishop_airport_board_votes_to.html. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  16. ^ a b Airport Authority Board. Bishop International Airport Authority.
  17. ^ Bishop public safety director on plane crash: Passengers shocked but able to walk away The Flint Journal via MLive.com November 16, 2011
  18. ^ N168SL NTSB Accident Report
  19. ^ Saginaw police nab marijuana-filled suitcases at Flint's Bishop International Airport The Flint Journal via MLive.com, December 13, 2011

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