Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport covers 3,500 acres in northwestern South Carolina. The facility is located near Greer, S.C., about halfway between the two larger metropolitan areas of Greenville, S.C., and Spartanburg, S.C. It also serves nearby Anderson, S.C. The upstate South Carolina airport is abbreviated as GSP. GSP is served by six major airlines, but many use smaller carriers to handle the flight routes.
The airport serves more than 1.7 million passengers per year, and the number has increased in the last few years. In addition, new airlines and additional routes have been added. This is believed to have caused an overall decrease in average fares. According to the U.S. Travel Statistics Bureau, fares dropped 14 percent in the last few years at the Greenville/Spartanburg Airport.
Still, GSP Airport is overshadowed by the Charlotte Airport, which is a major hub in nearby North Carolina, and Atlanta Airport, an even larger hub in nearby Georgia. In South Carolina, GSP is second in size to the Charleston airport, which serves the state’s beachfront areas. The Greeneville-Spartanburg Airport is still a public airport, just as it was when it opened for traffic in 1962. GSP was the first non-military airport to light the centerline of its landing strip. The airport is also called Roger Milliken Field. Mr. Milliken was the area leader who worked to expand and modernize the airport and its facilities. He is credited with keeping the airport viable when it was faltering. His actions helped secure the airport’s long-range future.
Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Features
The airport has a 226,000 sq. ft. commercial terminal that serves all flights and all airlines. Concourse A includes gates A1 through A9. Concourse B includes gates B1 through B4. All passengers check-in on the same level. Parking choices include a short-term lot adjacent to the terminal. A daily lot is adjacent to the short-term lot. Parking Garages A and B are also adjacent to the terminal. There is also a large economy parking lot. In total, there are 4,500 parking spaces. The airfield has one runway, which has been lengthened several times. The runway is 11,000 feet and can accommodate a Boeing 747. An FAA facility and tower, a general aviation area, and passenger cargo hangars are also on the airport grounds.
The first level has ticketing on one side and baggage claim on the other. Arriving and departing passengers can be picked up/dropped off on this level. The airport offers business workstations with Internet and wireless Internet. In addition, business travelers can gain access to fax, copier, and mail services at the Customer Service Counter. A large atrium-like area offers food choices. A Customs and Border Protection Office handles immigration, passport, and customs issues. Their presence is mainly to inspect incoming cargo, but it is enough to add international to the airport’s name. There are no commercial international flights. In fact, destinations are limited to about a dozen cities in the South, Northeast, Midwest, and Texas. Many flights go to a major airline hub where passengers can pick up a connecting flight.