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. Conveniently located along the I-85 corridor between Greenville and Spartanburg, GSP was named the 2011 Fastest Growing Small Airport in the United States by Airline and Airport News & Analysis. Since then, GSP has continued to grow, serving over 2 million passengers every year since 2016, including a record 2.3 million in 2018.
Six major passenger airlines now fly at GSP, with Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and United operating over 50 daily departures to 19 domestic destinations including New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Denver. 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 The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, Chick-Fil-A, and two local breweries: RJ Rockers and Thomas Creek Grill. Additionally, in 2018, GSP welcomed the Escape Lounge, a business-class passenger lounge offering fine food and drinks, and the Palmetto Distillery, giving passengers the opportunity to purchase its one-of-a-kind craft moonshine and whiskey. More information can be found at: www.gspairport.com
With an 11,001-foot-long runway, GSP can accommodate any aircraft in existence today, and this has greatly benefited its burgeoning cargo business. In fact, GSP is the only airport in the Carolinas providing regularly scheduled international all-cargo service, with flights to both Germany and Mexico. Thanks to exponential growth in its cargo business over the past few years, GSP initiated a $30 million cargo expansion project in September 2018. Scheduled to open in Summer 2019, this new cargo facility will include a 110,000 square foot warehouse and a 13-acre cargo ramp—enough space to accommodate three B-747 aircraft simultaneously!
GSP also boasts a world-class Fixed Base Operator (FBO), which provides fueling, heated hangar space, offices and conference rooms, and similar VIP services for private and corporate charter flights. To facilitate its international cargo, passenger, and general aviation services, 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 a unique development opportunity. GSP360 is a growth initiative resulting from the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport’s Land Use Planning and Development Study that governs the development and use of this property. Completed and adopted in 2012, this study serves as a guide for carefully-planned and responsibly-executed development of these tracts of land.
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.