GSP airport turns 60

Published 8:00 am Sunday, May 29, 2022

Announces expansion, gallery exhibit, podcast award

 

GSP air cargo apron expansion

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Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport announced Thursday the receipt of a $5.2 million grant for air cargo infrastructure improvements from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The grant is part of the American Rescue Plan Act. 

 

The GSP Airport District will provide $3.4 million in local matching funds to the $5.2 million EDA investment for a total of $8.6 million. 

 

Improvements will include the expansion of the airport’s air cargo apron and the extension of a roadway and utilities to facilitate the continued expansion of air cargo facilities. 

 

In 2021, GSP experienced a record-breaking 96,800 tons of cargo, an increase of over 48 percent from 2020. Included in that total is over 47,600 tons of international freight valued at $5.46 billion, an increase in value of 25.1 percent over 2020. In 2021, GSP was ranked 21st in the nation in terms of international freight tonnage handled, according to USTradeNumbers.com.

 

Airport gallery features origami cranes

At GSP’s Connections Gallery near Concourse B in the Grand Hall, travelers can see the newest exhibit called Hope, Peace, and Unity: A Multigenerational Community Offering. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of folding 1,000 origami cranes, which is believed to grant a wish for longevity, prosperity or peace, this community project encourages hope, peace, and unity for Ukraine and our world. Thousands of origami cranes have been folded throughout the Upstate to promote awareness, integration, and mindfulness.

 

GSP podcast wins award

GSP has received a Silver Wing Award of Merit from the South Carolina Public Relations Society of America for its official podcast, Carolina Traveler. The weekly podcast features in-depth interviews with leaders of events, attractions, and tourism agencies from across the Upstate. The podcast also gives a behind-the-scenes look at the aviation industry and airport operations. Released weekly, the podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast streaming platforms, or on the airport’s website, gspairport.com/podcast.

 

GSP celebrates 60 years

The first commercial flight landed at GSP on October 15, 1962 and officially ushered in the jet age to the region. To celebrate the airport’s 60 years of rich history, they are collecting stories and memorabilia from their community of travelers. If you have unique photos, memorabilia, stories, or souvenirs please share with info@gspairport.com

 

Postcard of GSP’s Airside Garden and terminal in 1977.

 

Announces expansion, gallery exhibit, podcast award

Staff Reports

 

GSP air cargo apron expansion

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport announced Thursday the receipt of a $5.2 million grant for air cargo infrastructure improvements from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The grant is part of the American Rescue Plan Act. 

 

The GSP Airport District will provide $3.4 million in local matching funds to the $5.2 million EDA investment for a total of $8.6 million. 

 

Improvements will include the expansion of the airport’s air cargo apron and the extension of a roadway and utilities to facilitate the continued expansion of air cargo facilities. 

 

In 2021, GSP experienced a record-breaking 96,800 tons of cargo, an increase of over 48 percent from 2020. Included in that total is over 47,600 tons of international freight valued at $5.46 billion, an increase in value of 25.1 percent over 2020. In 2021, GSP was ranked 21st in the nation in terms of international freight tonnage handled, according to USTradeNumbers.com.

 

Airport gallery features origami cranes

At GSP’s Connections Gallery near Concourse B in the Grand Hall, travelers can see the newest exhibit called Hope, Peace, and Unity: A Multigenerational Community Offering. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of folding 1,000 origami cranes, which is believed to grant a wish for longevity, prosperity or peace, this community project encourages hope, peace, and unity for Ukraine and our world. Thousands of origami cranes have been folded throughout the Upstate to promote awareness, integration, and mindfulness.

 

GSP podcast wins award

GSP has received a Silver Wing Award of Merit from the South Carolina Public Relations Society of America for its official podcast, Carolina Traveler. The weekly podcast features in-depth interviews with leaders of events, attractions, and tourism agencies from across the Upstate. The podcast also gives a behind-the-scenes look at the aviation industry and airport operations. Released weekly, the podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast streaming platforms, or on the airport’s website, gspairport.com/podcast.

 

GSP celebrates 60 years

The first commercial flight landed at GSP on October 15, 1962 and officially ushered in the jet age to the region. To celebrate the airport’s 60 years of rich history, they are collecting stories and memorabilia from their community of travelers. If you have unique photos, memorabilia, stories, or souvenirs please share with info@gspairport.com