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American Airlines adds three flights at GSP!

One of WINGSPAN’S core goals is to increase capacity and efficiency for GSP customers. With WINGSPAN renovations coming to an end soon, we are already starting to see an increase in capacity with the addition of three American Airline flights between Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Beginning July 5, the airline will depart GSP for non-stop service to Chicago at 8:10 a.m., 10:05 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. Currently, United Airlines provides six non-stop flights from GSP to O’Hare at various times and days. The added routes to Chicago brings the number of daily departures from GSP to around 50.

“It opens up the rest of the American network to Upstate travelers,” said Rosylin Westin, Vice President of Communications relations at GSP. “It will give them the opportunity to connect with international flights like London-Heathrow and Madrid, as well as flights in the continental United States. People talk about growth and think it only means the airport is growing if there is an announcement of a new airline coming in,” Westin said. “But that growth can also mean an existing airline beefing up its current service.”

We are excited about this airline expansion and future growth at GSP!

 

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Meet the Artists: Amy Baur and Brian Boldon

Getting through the TSA screening process can sometimes be stressful.  You have shoes to unlace, laptops to pull out of their cases and pockets to check. So when GSP looked at areas to place new artwork, two locations were chosen by our security checkpoint to improve customer experience.

One of those pieces was created by Amy Baur and Brian Boldon from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Amy and Brian created a beautiful frit-glaze image fired on Tempered glass dubbed “Thread.”

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This 30-foot-long and 8-foot-high art piece has layers, small details and slow-to-find gems. “Thread” represents Greenville’s textile history intertwined with images of what Greenville has become. To learn more about this piece and the idea behind it, visit http://www.inplainsightart.com/#/gsp-airport-01/.

Until next time,

The Terminal

GSP Economic Impact

After four years and three phases of construction, we’ve touched base on what WINGSPAN embodies. From sustainable practices to new additions, have you ever thought about the economic impact GSP has on the community? Check out the video below to learn more about GSP’s impact and more. Sneak peek: Did you know… GSP supports 8,577 jobs locally?

 

Until next time,

The Terminal

Wingspan Update: New ATMs

To improve and become one of the most operationally capable and efficient airports of its size, GSP will add three TD Bank ATM’s for our traveler’s convenience.

One ATM will be located near baggage claim and the two remaining ATMs will be in Concourse A and B, near the Best Buy vending machines.

Once departing passengers have cleared the new centralized TSA Screening Checkpoint, they may access the appropriate concourse, A or B by turning left/South for Concourse A or right/North for Concourse B.

Our goal in adding in the new ATM machines is to improve the experience of our GSP family.

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See you on Friday,

The Terminal

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Meet The Artists: Arthur Stern

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As part of the WINGSPAN renovations, seven artists were chosen to create new artwork for the airport. From canvas to glass design, GSP is thrilled to be featuring local inspired art in the newly renovated airport. Among other talented local artists, Arthur Stern’s work is the second of seven pieces to be installed recently. Stern specializes in architectural glass and stained glass designs. He draws inspiration from traditional American glass artists, combining such influences into unique designs that are strongly inspired by architecture. Stern considers himself to be a designer first and an artist second, creating pieces that are sensitive to the surrounding environment.

“My work is a continuous process of exploring and refining a personal abstract language that I can apply to the specific criteria of an architectural project. I look forward to opportunities where good architecture and interior design are made better through the creative use of glass,” said Stern.

Stern’s work was installed on July 18, with the help of Binswanger Glass.  A longtime friend and fellow artist, Blake Praytor was also on hand helping Stern oversee the installation. Praytor has photographed Stern’s installations throughout the years, and is excited to finally have Stern in his hometown, making this installation special for both artists. Complementing the newly renovated ticket lobby, Stern’s glass panel designs are displayed above both sets of elevators.  He also creates free standing sculptures, mixed media works on canvas and board, as well as works on paper. To learn about Arthur Stern and his work, check out his website!

-The Terminal

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Meet the Artists: Melissa Anderson

 

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As a part of WINGSPAN renovations, seven artists were chosen to create new artwork for the airport. The first of those pieces was installed on July 6 in the B concourse. The oil paintings were done by local artist Melissa Anderson who chose to create scenes from around the Upstate.

Melissa didn’t start off as an artist. She left a career as a lawyer to pursue her passion and now her art can be found throughout the state and country. Through self-directed training, Melissa used the discipline of her law practice and applied it to her artistic education. Today, her work is displayed all over Greenville in numerous private and public collections including: The Greenville Art Museum, The City of Greenville, County Bank, McCall Hospice House, the Washington office of Congressman Trey Gowdy, and The Cascades. While she lives and works in Greenville, her current show “Elegance of Native Soul” is hanging in Mitchell Hill located in downtown Charleston.

Learn more about her background and work in this recent interview, or visit her website!

-The Terminal

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Putting the “Green” Back in Greenville & its Surrounding Areas: Tree Harvesting

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The development of WINGSPAN is rapidly growing and coming to an end, and in recent years the program has been surpassing its goals. Despite all these technological advances, GSP has continuously kept long-term sustainability in mind and truly strives to put the “Green” back into Greenville. They have been environmentally conscious in more ways than one throughout the renovation process.

One of the first phases of the North Wing construction started with the closing of the Short Term Parking Lot. In order to create more space, they creatively found a way to put its natural resources back into the development process. While it would have been easier to send the trees to a landfill, WINGSPAN had to make the most of the roots GSP was built on. The 26 historic trees that stood in the lot were processed into lumber and repurposed in architectural woodwork renovation designs. Thanks to the Upstate’s local businesses and lumber companies, each step of the process was energy efficient and no remaining parts of the trees were wasted.

To learn more details about the harvesting process of GSP’s historical trees, check out a previous post!

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Sustainability: Past Becomes Present

This week, we can’t help but look at the past and see how far we have come. As WINGSPAN renovations are coming to an end in the fall of this year, we continue to look ahead. A lot has progressed since we first began WINGSPAN, but then again a lot has remained the same.

One thing that hasn’t changed is keeping the environment a top priority. The WINGSPAN program has incorporated long-term sustainability into the renovations, which includes:

  • Solar-Heated Water
  • Rain Water Harvesting
  • Regional Materials
  • Day Lighting System
  • Automation System

Today GSP offers all of these eco-friendly renovations and we couldn’t be happier. Along with keeping the airport sustainable includes adding water bottle filling stations. About a year or so into the program, GSP started working on adding water bottle filling stations to address the airport liquids ban that requires travelers to discard beverages before passing through the security checkpoint, and the environmental issue of disposable plastic water bottles thrown in the trash daily. Today these water bottle filling stations are being used daily by our passengers.

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So, in case you missed our sustainability efforts, we are here to keep you updated. Stay tuned for more updates and as always, safe travels.

-The Terminal

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WINGSPAN Development: How We’re Doing, Phase Two

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In July 2012, the WINGSPAN program launched to improve various aspects of the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. This program was set to be completed in four phases over the span of five years. Now that the WINGSPAN program is nearing completion, over the next month, we will highlight the phases of development and how changes will positively impact the travelers of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. Today’s post will highlight some details about Phase Two.

Phase Two focused on the construction of the Grand Hall. This design provided new food, beverage and retail concessions areas for travelers. Renovation of the ticket lobby, as well as updated customer service booths, gave the area a new feel. New baggage screening equipment and facilities have also been incorporated to increase security.

In 2013, GSP created renderings for what the Ticketing Lobby would look like:

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In 2016, the Ticketing Lobby was unveiled:

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How do you think it compares? Let us know. Check back each week for updates on the WINGSPAN developments and our #FlyerFactFriday!

Safe Travels,

-The Terminal

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WINGSPAN Development: How We’re Doing, Phase One

In July 2012, the WINGSPAN program launched to improve various aspects of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. This program was set to be completed in four phases over the span of five years. Now that the WINGSPAN program is nearing completion, over the next month, we will highlight the phases of development and how changes will positively impact the travelers of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. Today’s post will highlight some details about Phase One.

Phase One included the relocation and expansion of the rental car facilities in Parking Garage A.  The new design provided customer service counters and offices for each of the five car rental agencies. The Rental Car Customer Center opened on March 11, 2013 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Located on the first floor of Parking Garage A you will find Avis, Enterprise and National rental facilities. Budget and Hertz rental facilities are housed on the second floor of the parking garage.

Check back each week for updates on the WINGSPAN developments and our #FlyerFactFriday blog posts!

Safe Travels,

-The Terminal