Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District (GSP)
Since opening in 1962, the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) has evolved into one of the most recognized and well-respected airports in the country. In 2020, GSP was recognized by as the Best Airport in North America serving 2-5 million passengers annually; an award based on customer satisfaction surveys collected from passengers using GSP.
Six major passenger airlines now fly at GSP, with Allegiant, American, Delta, Silver, Southwest, and United operating daily departures to 21 domestic destinations. In addition, GSP passengers can reach over 200 destinations worldwide with only a single stop.
In 2016, GSP completed a $127 million terminal renovation program that strategically positioned the airport for future growth to serve generations to come. As part of this project, several new restaurants and shops opened at GSP including many offerings not found at similar-sized airports. GSP’s award-winning concessions include The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, Chick-fil-A, The Escape Lounge, local breweries RJ Rockers Flight Room and Thomas Creek Grill and a specialty retail store by Anderson-based Palmetto Distillery; South Carolina’s first legal moonshine.
With an 11,001-foot-long runway, GSP can accommodate any aircraft in existence today, allowing for growth in both passenger and cargo service. In fact, GSP is the only airport in the Carolinas providing regularly scheduled international all-cargo service, with flights to Germany. Thanks to a $33 million air cargo facility constructed in 2019, the airport’s ability to handle cargo has increased significantly. In 2020, GSP set a record for cargo with over 65,000 tons handled.
GSP also boasts a world-class Fixed Base Operator (FBO), which provides fueling, hangar space, and VIP services for private and corporate charter flights. GSP is also designated as a point of entry by U.S. Customs & Border Protection with a Federal Inspection Station.
However, GSP contributes much more than these aviation services to the Upstate region’s success. Specifically, GSP owns nine tracts of land—totaling over 2,500 acres—that surround the airport and provide unique development opportunities. GSP360 is a growth initiative resulting from the GSP’s Land Use Planning and Development Study that governs the development and use of this property.
Each of these nine tracts of land has the potential to be developed in their entirety or subdivided into distinct parcels to suit individual tenant needs. Cumulatively, these tracts represent unprecedented opportunities for businesses in the following industries: Aviation, Aviation Support, Logistics/Distribution, Office, Retail, Industrial, Service, Hospitality, Flex/R&D, and Recreation/Public. In addition, these tracts of land enjoy superb access to air, rail, interstate, and the South Carolina Inland Port that connects the Port of Charleston to the Upstate. More information can be found at: www.gsp360beyondtherunway.com
In short, GSP greatly enhances the economic development of the region thanks to the full array of aviation services it provides and the businesses it helps to attract to the community. With an estimated annual impact of $2.9 billion on the region’s economy, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is Upstate South Carolina’s gateway to the world.