Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport

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Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport
Roger Milliken Field
IATA: GSPICAO: KGSPFAA LID: GSP
GSP is located in South Carolina
GSP
GSP
Location
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
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
4/2211,0013,353Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Passengers1,856,316
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
 
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Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport
Roger Milliken Field
IATA: GSPICAO: KGSPFAA LID: GSP
GSP is located in South Carolina
GSP
GSP
Location
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
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
4/2211,0013,353Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Passengers1,856,316
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

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]

History[edit]

Prior to GSP, Greenville and Spartanburg 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 the airport expanded its terminal and cargo facilities; 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 historically been plagued with high fares. The arrival of low-cost carriers in recent years has increased passenger figures and reduced fares. Allegiant Air began flights to Florida in 2008, and in 2011, Southwest Airlines began services to five cities.[3]

Local officials attribute Southwest's presence to an unprecedented 38 percent growth in passenger figures between 2010 and 2011.[4] In 2011 received an ANNIE Award from Airline and Airport News & Analysis for being the fastest-growing small airport in the United States.[4] Passenger traffic grew 38 percent between 2010 and 2011, largely due to new service from Southwest Airlines. 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]

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 to prepare for future expansion.[5] Future planning includes options such as expanding the terminal by 300 percent of its current capacity and the possibility of a second runway parallel to the existing one.

The airport can handle up to 250 passengers per hour through immigration and customs checkpoints.[6]

FedEx operates a major package facility on the north end of the airport, and BMW has a facility which allows for the importation of parts to be easily accessed to the company's manufacturing facility, three miles to the east.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Non-stop destinations from GSP

GSP has 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]

AirlinesDestinationsConcourse
Allegiant AirFort Lauderdale, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/ClearwaterA
American EagleDallas/Fort WorthA
Delta Air LinesAtlantaB
Delta ConnectionAtlanta, Detroit, New York–LaGuardiaB
Southwest AirlinesBaltimore, Chicago–Midway, Houston–HobbyA
United ExpressChicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–DullesA
US Airways ExpressCharlotte, Philadelphia, Washington–NationalA

Top destinations[edit]

Concourse A
Top ten busiest domestic routes out of GSP
(June 2013 – May 2014)[10]
RankCityPassengersCarriers
1Atlanta, GA226,000Delta
2Charlotte, NC116,000US Airways
3Chicago (Midway), IL61,000Southwest
4Detroit, MI59,000Delta
5Dallas–Fort Worth, TX44,000American
6Chicago (O'Hare), IL41,000United
7Baltimore, MD41,000Southwest
8Washington (Dulles), DC36,000United
9Philadelphia, PA35,000US Airways
10Houston–Hobby, TX33,000Southwest

Statistics[edit]

Carrier shares: June 2013 – May 2014[10]
CarrierPassengers (arriving and departing)
Southwest Airlines
349,000(19.24%)
Delta Air Lines
303,000(16.68%)
ExpressJet (Delta or United)
275,000(15.16%)
Air Wisconsin (US Airways)
162,000(8.94%)
Allegiant Air
151,000(8.30%)
Other
575,000(31.67%)

Scheduled cargo service[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
UPS AirlinesLouisville, Memphis
Air Cargo Carriers for UPS AirlinesColumbia (SC)
Martinaire for UPS AirlinesCharleston (SC), Columbia (SC)
FedEx ExpressMemphis, Indianapolis

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