Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (Roger Milliken Field) (Guide)

Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport, also referred to as Roger Milliken Field (IATA: GSP), is located halfway between Spartanburg and Greenville, near the City of Greer, South Carolina. After Charleston International Airport, Greenville–Spartanburg is the busiest in South Carolina, with more than 2 million passengers in 2019.

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Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (Roger Milliken Field) (Guide)

Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport, also referred to as Roger Milliken Field (IATA: GSP), is located halfway between Spartanburg and Greenville, near the City of Greer, South Carolina. After Charleston International Airport, Greenville–Spartanburg is the busiest in South Carolina, with more than 2 million passengers in 2019.

History

Before the Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport was built, both cities had their airports and had to compete for airline service. In the 50s, Roger Milliken, political activist, businessman, and industrialist, together with other business leaders, worked on getting a joint airport for the two big cities. A proposal for a new airport was presented to the legislative delegation for the two counties in 1958. It was approved, and the construction of an airport began.

The airport was inaugurated on 15th October 1962, becoming the primary airline destination in the region. In the 80s, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport extended cargo and terminal facilities, and in the 90s, the runway was expanded twice. The airport was named for Roger Milliken in 2004.

Roger Milliken Field had been plagued with high fares for a long time. Legacy carriers were serving the airfield, with essential hubs in Charlotte and Atlanta. The recent entry of inexpensive airlines significantly increased passenger numbers and decreased fares. In 2006, Allegiant Air launched flights to Florida, and five years later, Southwest initiated service to five cities.

Local leaders credit Southwest for an unparalleled 38% increase in passenger numbers between 2010 and 2011. In 2011 the airport was awarded an ANNIE Award for becoming the quickest-growing small airport in the US. In 2012, the average fares in GSP airport lowered by 14%.

Facilities

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport consists of a single terminal structure with two concourses: Concourse A and B. In 2012, The airport began a four-year terminal improvement project which cost $102 million. It would improve passenger flow by modernizing the terminal and plan the future expansion of the terminal capacity by 300%, along with the construction of the second runway.

Concourse A is utilized by Frontier, Southwest, United, and American, while Allegiant Air and Delta are on Concourse B.

The airport houses a FedEx package facility on the northern edge of the airport. BMW holds a facility that carries out fast transfer of arriving parts to the production facility.

The airport's premises measure at 3,500 acres with one 11,001 ft by 150 ft concrete/asphalt 4/22 runway. The airport's customs and immigration checkpoints can manage up to 250 travelers per hour.

Airlines

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is served by six airline companies and their local branches.

The airport and Senator International of Germany stated in the summer of 2016 that a scheduled twice-a-week shipping service would launch in November between Munich, Germany, and Greenville/Spartanburg. The shipping service is the first proposed international course for the airfield. Air Atlanta Icelandic operated the international freight service to Germany with a 747-400F Boeing plane to both Frankfurt–Hahn, and Munich.

Economic Impact

Increased activity and investments at Roger Milliken Field have produced eight times greater economic impact compared to ten years ago. A recent study concluded that Greenville-Spartanburg provided a total of $2.9 billion in 2018 to the Upstate's economy. That number was $377 009 in 2009.

The research analyzed GSP's engagement in commercial expansion, its International Logistics Park, and air passenger and cargo operations, which all significantly improved at the airport in recent years.

The study showed that Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport supports more than 14 thousand local jobs. The airport totals $648.9 million in income to the area's economy and $293.7 million in yearly tax revenues. Visitors to the airport spend an estimated $740 million yearly in the area.

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