The sky is the limit when it comes to GSP International Airport. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to pick up a copy of the Upstate Business Journal or check out the column online by Greenville Area Development Corporation. Senior Vice President Kevin Landmesser talks all about how growing existing companies and attracting new jobs and investment demands collaboration. And without a partner like GSP, companies such as Michelin or BMW would not have chosen the Upstate as home.
Read all about the exciting things happening at GSP including the $125 million terminal improvement program, WINGSPAN. As always check back here on the WINGSPAN blog to learn more about our ongoing efforts to make your traveling experience as seamless and effortless as possible.
Check out the article here.
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On September 13, 1994, the “Beluga” took to the skies for the very first time. Deemed by many to be the strangest looking plane in the sky, this fleet makes more than sixty flights per week. This past Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of its inaugural flight.
The Beluga fleet consists of five aircrafts that have performed more than 66,000 flight hours in the past 20 years. Also known as the A300-600ST Super Transporter, the Beluga fleet carries aircraft parts to Airbus plants all over Europe. Happy birthday and many more years of flying to the ‘world’s strangest looking aircraft.’
GSP International Airport is sponsoring a special promotion for all you college football fans: “the Paladin Gamecock Getaway.” Visit the Paladin Gamecock Getaway website and enter to win for your chance to have the ultimate Paladin football experience at Furman vs. University of South Carolina on October 18th in Columbia.
The lucky fan selected and three guests will have the opportunity to fly in a private plane provided by SAI Flights on game day from Greenville to Columbia. Once the winners land in Columbia, they will be picked up from the airport and shuttled over to Williams-Brice Stadium.
At the stadium, there will be a catered pre-game tailgate waiting for them! But that is not all – the four lucky fans will also have the opportunity to go on the field during pre-game warm ups. Lastly, the group will have the opportunity to watch their Furman Paladins take on the South Carolina Gamecocks live inside the stadium with their fellow Furman fans. After the game, the shuttle will take the fans back to the airport where the plane will be waiting to take them home.
Go online and register for your chance to win today!
Happy travels and a spirited game day,
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With summer coming to an end… ice storms, thunder storms or any kind of natural disaster that might delay your flight may be underway. Of course, no one wants to fly right in the middle of the eye of the storm, but flight delays can be very frustrating. After all we always have places to be and people to see, right? Check out these 5 tips on ways to avoid losing it during your flight delay.
- Eat a good meal- Now that you have 8 hours of nothing to do… pick a sit down restaurant and enjoy a tasty meal. You have a lot of time on your hands so treat yourself to a meal, no rush.
- Play catch-up- Call your best friend from college and catch up or reminisce on the good times. This is the perfect time to kill some time with a long phone call. You could also play catch up with Netflix and finish that series you’ve been meaning to watch.
- Ask the bold question- If you see there is an opening seat in a flight headed to where you are going, ask if you can take that spot. If the flight change fee is over the top, ask if they can waive it this one time. “Can I go into the VIP Lounge for just an hour?” Most people are afraid to ask those bold questions but what is the worst thing that could happen… they say no? Hey, if they say yes, you just got yourself home earlier or you get to check out the VIP lounge.
- Enjoy a drink- Check out the cool airport bars and toss back some drinks. This will make the terminal much brighter and if you are taking a vacation go ahead and start it early. But, don’t get too loose and fall asleep we don’t want you to miss your flight.
After reading these tips you should be on your flight in no time! The hours will pass by and you won’t even notice what time it is. Check out more tips on how to survive your flight delay at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/27/survive-flight-delay_n_4347609.html. Until then safe travels!
Don’t forget to pack your favorite reusable water bottle the next time you are traveling through GSP! We already have three Halsey Taylor bottle filling stations installed around the airport, and we will have a total of six by the end of construction.
Primarily located near our water fountains and restrooms, you will be able to find a bottle filling station in the following locations at GSP:
- On A concourse across from Gate A4 (installed)
- On B concourse across from Gate B4 (installed)
- North end of ticketing near the elevators/escalators (installed)
- Near the South End elevators/escalators (coming soon!)
- 2 units in the future Grand Hall post security (coming soon!)
According to the Container Recycling Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of beverage containers, Americans buy an estimated 28 billion single-serving plastic water bottles each year, with at least 8 out of 10 ending up in a landfill or incinerator. Not only do plastic water bottles cause unnecessary trash, the manufacturing process also uses a significant amount of natural resources, such as oil.
In light of the growing concern about bottled water waste, coupled with travelers wanting to save money these bottle filling stations offer a great way to save money, help the environment and stay hydrated while traveling!
Thirst no more, and happy travels!
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Taking a trip through GSP and staying for a few nights? Maybe you’re just coming to this wonderful area to get away from it all. Whichever it may be, Upstate, South Carolina welcomes you and we would like to share the many things to see and do in this beautiful region.
First, let’s take a look at just a few of our can’t miss attractions in Greenville:
- Greenville Brew Tours- Visit and taste Greenville’s entire vibrant craft beer scene with a fun and educational tour of our breweries and social establishments! You can’t go wrong with this exciting excursion.
- GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail- This 17.5 mile multi-use trail system runs along the Reedy River connecting Greenville County with schools, parks, and local business. Take a relaxing bike ride or walk and check out some of Greenville’s sweetest locations!
- Greenville Rec Waterparks- Choose from three waterparks to cool off in this hot southern weather! Enjoy any water adventure from water slides and lazy rivers to a children’s play structure. The kids and parents will have a blast in this Greenville attraction.
- Charleston Cooks!- If you are in town for a minute… stop by Charleston Cooks and take a refreshing cooking class that teaches you all you need to know about southern cooking.
- Centre Stage- Check out some of Greenville’s most talented people and regional talent! With different productions year round, enjoy a nice show one night in Greenville.
Find more things to do in Greenville here: http://www.visitgreenvillesc.com/things-to-do/attractions/.
If Anderson, SC calls your name, we have another list of activities! Here are just a few of our favorites, but you can go to http://visitanderson.com/ for countless other things to do. Here’s what is at the top of our list:
- Hardy Berry Farm is about to start muscadine and scuppernong season, so take the family berry-picking!
- Sadlers Creek State Park is a lot of fun if you are looking to spend some time on Lake Hartwell. There are great hiking and biking trails, plus picnic shelters and playgrounds.
- Hitch a ride in a hot air balloon with Skyscapes of America and get a bird’s eye view of the Upstate, or get some local history at the Ruth Drake Museum
For everyone visiting Spartanburg or for those who call it home, there is no shortage of things to do:
- Hollywild is a local favorite with its Outback Safari Ride through more than 70 acres of free roaming animals including bison, zebras, emus and more!
- Rainy day sending you indoors? Visit the Spartanburg Art Museum to see the latest exhibit or take in the history at Hubbs City Railroad Museum to learn how railroads shaped the history of Spartanburg.
- Visit Cooley’s Family Farm at Strawberry Hill U.S.A. for a full market, berry or pumpkin patches depending on the season, plus great tours!
If you have already enjoyed these activities and are looking for more to do in Spartanburg, visit http://www.visitspartanburg.com.
We can’t wait to share with you all the amazing things the Upstate has to offer when you visit. Stop by and say hi anytime at GSP… until then, happy travels!
In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt declared that August 19 would be National Aviation Day – an annual occasion to celebrate the importance of aviation, and the birthday of Orville Wright. Orville Wright manned the first successful sustained power flight in 1903. He and his brother, Wilbur, successfully made three more flights that day, but it is Orville who made that first flight.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of National Aviation Day, NASA leaders were asked to share stories about some of their “first flight experiences,” including Robert Cabana. Cabana is the director of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as well as a veteran astronaut who flew four space shuttle missions. His first flight was in 1967 aboard a Northwest Airlines airplane (likely a Boeing 727) from Minneapolis to Baltimore on his way to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. He said he does not remember much of the flight since he was mostly thinking about leaving home and his first year at the Academy. Read all about other reminiscence from NASA’s leaders here and share your own #myfirstflight memories on social media today
Happy National Aviation Day everyone – here are some other ways to celebrate the holiday.
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Frequent travelers should know the airport rules – don’t take any liquids and leave the fireworks at home. Did you know that transportation security officers scan more than 2 million travelers on a typical travel day? With number like that, the detectors are bound to go off!
If you ever get stopped for a pat-down or asked to open your bag… one of the items listed below might be the culprit. Check out these 5 surprising items that set off airport security so that you can stay away from time-consuming bag checks.
- Headbands- Yes, something as simple as a headband can set off airport security. Headbands are completely safe accessories you can wear to an airport. However, metal constitutes the frame of many headbands and activates the detector. You might want to leave your headband at home or take it off before you go through security!
- Snow Globes- The liquid contents of most crystal balls exceeds the 3.4-ounce limit… We suggest buying your loved ones a different souvenir or keeping it away from your carry on! There is no way getting around this one.
- Inhalers- Unfortunately, inhalers violate the “3-1-1” rule for liquids. If this is a serious medical issue for you, inform officers in advance that you are carrying an inhaler. This will speed up the process!
- Underwire bras- This is apparently a myth from airport securities… but do not underestimate this item. Underwire bras have led women to a close inspection by a female security in a private room. Avoid getting stopped by dressing more comfortable or keeping an extra bra handy.
- Jars of peanut butter- Don’t pack your jar of peanut butter before you fly peanut butter lovers… or it will get thrown away! Although, peanut butter is not technically a liquid, it still violates airport detectors and can conform to the shape of its container. Pack a small bag of peanut butter if you really need it or buy some when you land to your destination.
Although airport security measures can be time-consuming, there are necessary procedures in place t help ensure the utmost safety on the flight. Avoid getting stopped and check out more items that set off detectors at http://www.budgettravel.com/feature/7-surprising-items-that-set-off-airport-security,4762/?page=2. Until next time, happy travels!
This morning, we held a dedication for one of our newest restaurants, Flatwood Grill, established in honor of the Flatwood community. More than 65 residents attended the dedication to pay tribute to the community that part of the airport is built upon.
The inside walls of the restaurant are lined with picture of residents of the Flatwood community including the baseball team, the Flatwood Peaches.
“This airport was built in what was the Flatwood community and as we continue to thrive and grow it was important to this Airport Commission that we find a way to stay connected to our strong roots and our rich heritage,” said Dave Edwards, president and CEO of GSP Airport District.
“I am honored that GSP Airport has decided to name the restaurant after the community that I grew up in. In fact, I was the first baseman for the Flatwood Peaches from 1944-1955. I am thrilled that everyone who comes to eat here will know exactly what the Flatwood community is all about,” said F. E. Hendrix, Flatwood representative.
Check out this video of Mr. Hendrix cutting the ribbon, officially opening Flatwood Grill to the public:
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The USDOT report lists the Top 100 airports based on average domestic round-trip air fares in the first quarter of 2014. GSP was ranked No. 38 on the list with an average fare of $400.78, while Atlanta averaged $404.58 and Charlotte averaged $433.37.
The average fare at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport has dropped 4.1 percent drop over 2013 and a 43.9 percent since 2000. Roslyn Weston, spokeswoman for GSP, credits lower average fares to having low-fare carriers such as Southwest and Allegiant airlines in the market and “the airport district’s willingness to work with our partners so that we can offer the best air service we can.”
The DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics said the fares in its quarterly report are based on the total ticket value which includes the price charged by the airlines and any additional taxes and fees levied at the time of purchase. Read the full article on greenvilleonline.com.
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