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Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport has had more than 1 million passengers come through its gates over a 12-month period in May, June and July.

According to airport figures, there were 1,002,355 passengers boarding airplanes from July 2015 to June 2016. Year-over-year, that is an increase from the 951,148 passengers reported in June 2015. There were 1,001,160 passengers boarding at GSP from June 2015 to  July 2016 and 1,000,848 passengers boarding planes from JUne 2015 to May 2016.

Airport officials said it was the first time in the airport’s 54-year history that it had amassed more than 1 million passengers.

“We’ve been seeing solid growth trends from our airline partners and so this major milestone is great news for the region and the airport,” said Dave Edwards, president and CEO of the GSP Airport District, in a news release. “It’s an indication that the GSP Airport District and its airline partners are delivering the right environment with the right service at the right price.”

Over the same 12-month period, GSP reported nearly 1 million passengers arriving at the airport. In May, the airport reported 992,005 passengers coming off airplanes since June 2014 while in June that number was 991,986 from July 2014 and 987,204 in July from August 2014.

“There is really not one particular reason why traffic can be off in a month,” said Rosylin Westin, vice president of communications at GSP. “It is a combination of things … having the right service at the right level and being able to meet the needs of the traveling public.”

Wingspan, the airport’s $125 million renovation project, is nearing completion. Westin said the project should be completed by the end of the year. Currently, the grand hall on the second level and a garden are under construction and will be finished by year’s end.

The new grand hall will feature new restaurants like an offering from Wolfgang Puck and a Chick-fil-A.

In November, international cargo service with Senator will begin with two cargo flights (Wednesday and Saturday) from GSP to Munich, Germany.

“Things are ever-changing and our goal is to provide the best commercial service and we are always talking to our existing carriers as well as carriers who are not currently operating at GSP and explain to them why coming to GSP is good for their business,” Westin said.

Commissioned artwork has been hung at various points inside the terminal. At the screening checkpoint artwork by Minnesota artists Amy Baur and Brian Bolden was hung Tuesday. Greenville artist Melissa Anderson was commissioned to create oil paintings now hanging in the B Concourse and California artist Arthur Stern created art hanging over elevators.

“We are in a state now when things are changing constantly and there is stuff coming on line at a fairly constant rate,” Westin said.

Year-over-year comparison

 

May 2015

May 2016

June 2015

June 2016

July 2015

July 2016

Enplanements

952,086

1,000,848

951,148

1,002,355

953,380

1,001,160

Deplanements

938,989

992,005

951,148

991,986

944,055

987,204

Source: Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

Clarification: The totals are annualized totals. May 2016 represents total enplanements and deplanements from June 2015 through May 2016. June 2016 represents total enplanements and deplanements from July 2015 to June 2016 and July 2016 represents total enplanements and deplanements from August 2015 through July 2016. 

Reach Matthew Clark at 864-720-1222.

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