GSP Airport sees more passenger growth in June

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Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is on pace to top record passenger traffic in 2016.

The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport announced Wednesday its passenger traffic increased almost 9 percent in June.

GSP said it served 189,949 passengers during the month, compared with 174,465 in June 2016.

For the year, the airport said passenger traffic has increased more than 3 percent to 994,499 flyers, compared with 961,517 during the first half of the previous year.

“These are some of the strongest numbers we’ve seen in a while,” said Dave Edwards, president and CEO of GSP Airport, in a statement. “Having recently completed WINGSPAN, our $125 million terminal renovation program, and looking at these numbers, I feel like stealing a line from the movie ‘Field of Dreams’ and say, ‘If you build it, they will come.’”

GSP’s passenger traffic has increased during each of the past three years.

In 2016, the airport recorded an all-time high of more than 2 million passengers. That means GSP is currently on course to set a new record in 2017.

WINGSPAN was completed in May. GSP officials said the project will increase the airport’s total capacity to 4 million passengers per year.

Meanwhile, the airport said its cargo traffic increased more than 47 percent in June to 4,387 tons, compared with about 2,982 tons during the same month of the previous year.

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