Southwest Airlines is cutting two daily departures from Greenville-Spartanburg International this summer. It’s the first setback for GSP since Southwest came to GSP in a celebrated announcement in 2011.
Service by Southwest to Orlando International ends Aug. 11 and one of two daily flights to Baltimore Washington International ends Sept. 28.
Traffic will enter the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer on the “GSP Logistics Parkway” and will connect to the port operations via “International Commerce Way”.
The GSP Logistics Parkway will service all traffic entering and exiting the J. Verne Smith Parkway (Hwy. 80), GreerToday.com has learned. The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Board of Commissioners recommended today the entry point’s name, pending Spartanburg County approval.
The police department at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport has a new design for its automobiles and logo patch design.
Police Chief Bobby Welborn said the new look was a team effort from his police force. “Everybody had a chance to have input on the patch and most did,” Welborn said. “The patch incorporates all the element of the airport and the state’s insignia.”
The GSP Airport Commission approved Monday the negotiation with Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) to lease up to five acres of District property for an electrical substation, plus additional property for a transmission line corridor.
Commissioners authorized Dave Edwards, President and CEO of the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport District, to negotiate and finalize the agreement. CPW’s long-term lease would be 10 percent ($2,850) of the sales value of ($28,500) per acre.
The combination of the American Airlines and US Airways merger, sequestration, and Allegiant interested in more routes, may bode well for Greenville-International Airport in Greer.
Dave Edwards, President and CEO of GSP, told commissioners today that Allegiant is showing an interest in reviving roundtrip service to Las Vegas. “We are the sixth lowest cost airport in Allegiant’s system and they are pleased with GSP,” Edwards said. This fall or 2014 may bring service to Las Vegas.
symbolically representing the first completed project within Phase I of Wingspan, a four-year $115 million terminal improvement project.
The TSA, beginning April 25, will allow the following items in carry-on bags.
• Small Pocket Knives – Small knives with non-locking blades smaller than 2.36 inches and less than 1/2 inch in width will be permitted
Jack Murrin, intentionally or not, put a bug in commissioners ears this morning that IT security has come a long way in the past three years, but there is a long road ahead to maximize security at GSP.
To emphasize Murrin’s point, he included “awareness training for staff” on his list of to-dos at GSP.
“We must tell our employees not to pick up found USBs in the parking lot and stick them in the computer,” said Murrin, Chief Financial Officer at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport at Greer. “Employees are 60 percent likely to stick a USB into the computer and if it has a brand or logo on it, it’s 90 percent more likely they will put it in.”
Murrin was presenting an IT security update to the GSP Board of Commissioners.
“We have come a long way in the past three years, with one IT person and a $20,000 budget,” Murrin said. “I was the IT person. Now we have two on staff and they have taken us light years ahead.” Murrin’s report illustrated the fragility of the regional airport.
The presentation was particularly timely with the South Carolina Department of Revenue getting hacked last Oct. 10 with a security breach compromising 3.6 million Social Security numbers. That attack also exposed 387,000 credit and debit card numbers.
Murrin said he communicated with the DOR inquiring about GSP’s status with the hacking incident. “I was satisfied with the DOR answers,” he said, without elaborating.
“We want to make it as hard as we can as fast as we can to prevent hacking into the GSP system,” Murrin said. “We’re probably getting attacked tens of thousands of times per month. The origins of these threats are worldwide.”
GSP commissioners authorized the staff to finalize an agreement with the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) for the sale and/or lease of certain Airport District Property at a $28,500 per acre to SCPA for the Inland Port Project.
Dave Edwards, President/CEO of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer was given the authority to execute the necessary documents subject to review by legal counsel.
The commissioners announced the move following executive session after its regular meeting this morning.
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The visionaries were remembered, community leaders told of the importance to be focused decades ahead, and WINGSPAN, a $120 million Terminal Improvement Project, were all cause for celebration tonight.
The 50th anniversary of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer was celebrated in a Stevens Aviation hangar with Dave Edwards, President/CEO GSP Airport District, Greer Mayor Rick Danner, the airport board of commissioners, area economic and political leaders, and former associates and airport personnel in attendance.
Larry Wilson was holding court in the middle of the crown jewel of downtown, Greer City Hall, talking about the future of Greer – what it will be like in 2030. The past is history, Wilson said, Greer is on the move and there’s no time to waste.
Wilson is the chairman of the board of trustees for Partnership For Tomorrow, a community initiative for the future of Greer.
Dave Edwards formally took over as 2013 Chairman of Airports Council International – North America. Edwards was first chair last year and assumed the role of chairman last week in Calgary, Alberta at the ACI-NA/ACI World Annual Conference.
Edwards is President and CEO of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer. The Board of Commissioners at GSP joined Edwards for the celebration of his installment.
Allegiant is taking its “Vote for Vacation” tour on the road and will be at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer on Sept. 11.
Allegiant will visit each city it serves (GSP and Asheville is the same date) and invite residents to vote for their favorite vacation destination. One voter in each city will win two roundtrip tickets to the destination they voted. The first 100 people will receive a coupon for $21.60 – the amount of federal taxes for roundtrip airfare – for a future vacation package with Allegiant.
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport’s short-term parking lot permanently closed today as construction is set to begin on the North Wing of the terminal. Fencing is being erected around the lot and construction is set to begin soon.
The GSP terminal improvement program's North Wing will expand into what is now the short-term lot, and when finished will temporarily house airline ticket counters and offices. In addition to eventually housing the airport’s administration offices, the North Wing will also serve as the first phase build-out of the future second baggage claim area.ERROR ERROR ERROR ERROR ERROR ERROR ERROR ERROR ERROR ERROR
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport at Greer will close its short-term parking lot Friday morning for new car entry. All cars currently parked in the short-term parking lot will have until Monday, Aug. 20 to exit.
The short-term parking lot will permanently close as construction begins on the North Wing of the terminal. Once completed, the North Wing will sit in what is now the short-term lot and it will eventually house the airport’s administration offices.
At 1:24, the small charter plane taxied across the tarmac at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer. It seemed to move gently to a stop at Stevens Aviation as if mindful of the precious cargo it carried. A few yards from a hearse, it rolled to a stop. When its deafening engines finally fell silent, all that could be heard was the sobbing of a young girl.
There was no breeze on this sweltering August afternoon. No shade as the family of Private First Class Adam Ross, killed July 24 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, sat in folding chairs on the hot expanse of concrete beneath a hazy blue sky. No respite for the hundreds of friends and family and fellow soldiers who stood along the fence with American flags in their hands and tears in their eyes.
WINGSPAN was launched in GreerToday to brand and serve as an information hub (www.elevatingtheupstate.com) for the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport’s $115 million Terminal Improvement Program (TIP).
The GSP Airport Commission approved a $12 million (TIP) increase on Monday, representing a 12 percent adjustment from its original $103 million projection. The TIP, a 48-month project, will modernize the terminal building, improve passenger flow and upgrade the facility. The terminal will remain operational throughout the renovations, projected to conclude in spring 2016.
Wingspan is the brand Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer will launch to educate its customers and the public on its $115 million Terminal Improvement Program (TIP).
The GSP Board of Commissioners viewed a presentation in GreerToday of the portal by Rosylin Weston, Director of Communications. Weston said the logo and photos will be made available Wednesday during a media gathering to promote the portal. It is scheduled to be launched later this week.
Full body imaging is now in the eye of the beholder at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer.
Two Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) safety screens and software, in use at GSP for the past week, were demonstrated in GreerToday. The AIT screens passengers for both metallic and non-metallic threats, including weapons and explosives, without physical contact.
John Bolt, Vice President of BB&T in Greer, accepted the inaugural Greer Economic Development Chairman’s Award today on behalf of the bank at the GDC's 10th anniversary luncheon at City Hall.
Reno Deaton, GDC Executive Director, gave the annual report that reflected positive gains in 2011 and good early growth in the first quarter this year. Dennis Hennett, vice chairman of the board is rotating off to concentrate on his duties as CEO at Greer State Bank. Hennett retired and was recalled to lead the bank. Dave Edwards, Executive Director at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport in Greer, has been approved as Hennett’s replacement.