As part of the WINGSPAN’s $125 million renovation program, GSP is adding another touch of the Upstate, Palmetto Distillery. Set to open this summer, Palmetto Distillery was founded by two brothers and entrepreneurs from Anderson, South Carolina. Born and raised in the South, Trey and Brian Boggs were inspired by their own heritage, which in turn inspired them to create Palmetto Distillery, South Carolina’s first legal moonshine distillery.
Their mission is to honor the heritage of South Carolina’s liquor production by creating a whiskey of unparalleled taste and quality. On the website, the brothers say, “We take pride in creating products that showcase the colorful history of the Palmetto State and the deep connection our brands have to South Carolina.”
GSP has a deep connection to its South Carolina home, so this couldn’t be a more perfect fit! Going to visit an out-of-town friend? Bring them a little taste of the South!
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!
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.”
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/.
As WINGSPAN is in its last phase of construction, we are happy to announce that our administrative team has officially moved into their new offices! The newly constructed offices are located on the north side of the terminal on the second floor. GSP Airport District’s Administrative Department will call this new space home, and will be located closer to the passengers they work to provide great service every day. The new offices will house a boardroom, additional meeting space and several office spaces.
The wood trim in the new space and hardwood floor in one of new offices, boardroom and meeting space come from oak trees planted on GSP’s property since its inception. These oak trees will now live on forever inside GSP as a friendly reminder to all of GSP’s employees of the airport’s roots…pun intended.
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?
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.
For the past four years, GSP visitors have witnessed the second and most substantial wave of renovations in GSP’s history — WINGSPAN. Once completed, by the end of 2016, GSP International Airport will be positioned to accommodate up to 4 million passengers per year more than twice the 1,904,602 passengers that used GSP in 2015. Not only will GSP be able to accommodate more travelers, it will also be much more efficient and will have incorporated additional safety processes all done with the passenger experience in mind. Throughout the renovation process we have made every effort to use smart resources and solutions designed to result in long-term sustainability. Examples of those efforts include the installation of Solar Water Heaters, a Rainwater Harvesting System and a Day Lighting System just to name a few. GSP always strives to be a good steward of the environment.
Our GSP Family has remained patient with us throughout this process and for that we say a heartfelt…THANK-YOU! Please continue to provide us with your valuable feedback.
To take a look at what we’ve been working towards, check out the short video below!
We would also like to thank our key partners for making GSP’s dream a reality and more. To learn more about our key partners, visit the WINGSPAN website.
If you’ve strolled through GSP lately, you may have noticed construction past our new TSA checkpoint area, between Concourse A and B. This construction is part of WINGSPAN renovations and is our future Grand Hall. After completion, The Grand Hall will include everything from restaurants serving delicious food to an expansive view of our garden and airfield. Restaurants you can expect to see are DC-3, Wolfgang Puck and everyone’s favorite… Chick-fil-a.
The Grand Hall has come a long way since our last update as you’ll see in the picture below from nearly a year ago:
Today, the construction is enclosed and coming to a near end towards the end of the year:
We are eager for our Grand opening coming soon and to start enjoying WINGPSAN renovations with all of our travelers. We hope to see you there when the time comes!
It’s been two months since we merged our TSA checkpoints into a centralized screening area and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank our travelers. Thank you for your patience during this phase of construction as we worked to shorten wait times with this new feature.
While we realize going through security is not everyone’s favorite part of travel, we’re still working to make improvements that will create a better all-around experience. For example, have you noticed the water walls on either side of the new TSA checkpoint? They have a dual purpose! They’re a nice new aesthetic detail, but the sound of water flowing is also intended to create a more serene environment. While that may not give you extra minutes when you’re rushing to catch a flight, it may help soothe your nerves as you take off your shoes.
And, we have more to come! Before the year ends there will be new artwork going in the water walls from two different artists. Amy Baur’s and Michael Krondl’s glass pieces will further help create a sense of place at the airport and celebrate Upstate themes of textiles, water and technology.
Construction continues but we wanted to take a moment to show our gratitude and give you a preview of what’s to come! Next week we’ll show you our new talking security doors!
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!