On October 15, GSP celebrated its 54th birthday! The airport’s groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 7, 1961. And in 1962, the airport was officially born, becoming the first non-military airport to have a runway center line lighting system.
Since 1962, we have seen the airport transform in remarkable ways. In 1988, a parking garage was constructed and expansions began to take place. Then, in 1995, the airport’s runway was extended from 7,600 feet to 9,000 feet and the airport’s name was changed to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. It achieved international status because of the two Federal Inspection Stations housed in GSP. The runway was extended again to its current length of 11.001 feet making it possible for any aircraft flying today to land safely at GSP.
Today, the airport’s WINGSPAN renovations, which are coming to an end, will result in improved efficiency, an increase in capacity, improvements in safety and security processes, additional food, beverage and retail options and more while maintaining the authenticity and community feel that has made GSP such a special place to fly into and out of for more than half a century.
We are proud of our accomplishments and look forward to the next 54 years and beyond. Thanks to our GSP family and community, we are stronger than ever. Who knew 54 would feel and look so good?
Until next time,