Bishop International Airport
Overview & History
Bishop International Airport is located just outside the city of Flint, Michigan. The airport was named after Arthur Giles Bishop, a native of Flint who donated 200 acres of his own land for the airport to be built. When considering the rich automobile history of the state of Michigan, it is fitting that the airport’s benefactor and namesake was Arthur Giles Bishop. Mr. Bishop, although a banker for most of his life, was named the director of the Buick Motor Company in 1905, and served on the Board of Directors for General Motors for almost thirty years before his death. He was well-respected and well-known throughout the state of Michigan, and his dedication to the construction of the airport has served the residents well.
The Bishop International Airport has grown considerably since Mr. Bishop’s initial land offer, and it now services approximately one million passengers a year. It is the third busiest airport in the state of Michigan. Non-stop commercial service is offered to many major U.S. cities from Bishop International, and it is also used for air cargo transport.
The current passenger terminal, which was originally constructed in 1993, underwent a massive renovation and expansion. The newly designed space was dedicated and opened to the public in November 2012. The terminal welcomes passengers with a focus on bringing in natural light and artistic displays to enhance the passenger experience while passing through the area.
The airport is located within minutes of major interstate connections for the state, allowing passengers to conveniently reach cities like Detroit or Pontiac quickly and easily. The Mass Transportation Authority, Flint’s mass transit system, connects the city with the airport for arriving and departing passengers. Rental cars are available on the airport property as well.
There are two runways for airlines at the Bishop International Airport. Both are a little over 7000 feet, and both are asphalt runways. Renovations and improvements to the runways have ensured that the airport will be servicing passengers for years to come.
The terminal features shopping and dining options for passengers, as well as a business center for travelers who need to access the internet, make copies, fax, or conduct other administrative tasks. Conference rooms are available at the airport for travelers who need to arrange meeting space. These amenities designed for the business traveler allow work to be conducted with clients without the need for leaving the airport property.
Short-term parking is available in a lot immediately adjacent to the terminal for quick airport business, such as ticket purchases and passenger drop-off or pick-up. The long-term parking lot is also located adjacent to the terminal, with additional parking in the economy lot directly across the street from the airport. The airport offers a cell phone lot for family members or friends waiting to pick up arriving passengers.
The maintenance staff of the Bishop International Airport prides itself on keeping the planes flying despite the sometimes difficult weather experienced in the area. The airport has not had to close due to snow in over 15 years, and that is largely due to the efforts of the award-winning maintenance staff. The staff manages over 45 miles of air-side pavement during ice and snow season. Then the summer season brings the added responsibility of mowing over 1000 acres of grass on the property.