SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC – Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport will soon have more flights out west.
Frontier Airlines will be doubling it’s service to Denver, and in June, United Airlines will also begin flights there, keeping the airlines competitive.
According to President and CEO of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District, David Edwards, flight competition is what keeps their prices down.
“It provides more opportunities for the traveler and usually translates usually to lower fares,” Edwards told 7 News. “The more seats that are available in that particular market.”
GSP set an all-time record in 2018 with 8.8% more passengers flying out of the airport than in 2017, with roughly 2.31 million people catching a flight.
Edwards explained that a lot of the airport’s success and expansion is due to economic growth in the Upstate region.
“It really is just a reflection of the community growing over those years,” he said.
Data provided by a media representative at GSP shows that since 2011, 10 non-stop destinations have been added.
During that time, 9 destinations ended flights due to hub closures by airlines and airline strategy adjustments.
In 2018, 5 cities were added including Denver, Orlando and Las Vegas by Frontier Airlines, and later Tampa and Miami by American Airlines.
Edwards alluded to targeting Boston Logan International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as two new destinations that GSP would like to start direct flights to in the next few years.
He added that because of big companies like BMW and their suppliers that call the Upstate home, they are also considering offering direct flights to Germany.
“We think a less than daily, what we call a “couple-of-times a week” service to a place like Frankfurt or Munich would do extremely well here in the Upstate, so we are focused on that moving forward.”