As the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport changes, its leaders are looking to the public for input. Tuesday evening, the airport hosted a meeting to discuss the airport’s updated 20-year master plan and hear what the public has to say.
The Federal Aviation Administration requires airports to update their long-term master plan every few years. GSP began updating its plan about a year ago.
“The first five years of the plan, we’ll probably have us investing somewhere between $120 and $150 million in the airport, so pretty sizable over that first five year horizon,” said David Edwards, who is the president and CEO of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District.
He said he’s not sure about investments beyond the first quarter of the airport’s 20-year master plan. Some of the short-term improvements are already underway, including the construction of a 120,000-square-foot cargo warehouse.
“We’re actually in design right now on the third parking garage,” Edwards said.
He said the public will begin to see the new parking garage in 2019. The airport also has long-term goals to add more gates and baggage claims and handle more traffic. Edwards said the plan is predicting a 2.5 percent annual increase in passengers and a more than 5 percent annual increase in cargo.
“It’s all been very positive and people seem to be excited for the growth in the community and the growth in the airport,” said senior aviation planner Zach Nelson, who is working on the project. “We’ve heard some comments throughout the process of maintaining that park-like feel.”
Airport leaders said the airport is changing to accommodate a changing community.
“We’re a reflection of the community,” Edwards said. “We grow based on the community’s demand and need for us to grow to service them, both from a passenger standpoint and from a cargo standpoint and from a general aviation standpoint.”
The cost of the plan is about $1.3 million, according to Edwards.
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