GSP sees continued passenger, cargo traffic growth in May

Passengers walk through Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. Photo by Will Crooks.

Growth at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) continues.

May marked the eighth consecutive month of growing passenger and cargo traffic at the airport, according to a news release. GSP served 196,894 passengers in May, a 3.6 percent increase compared with 189,991 passengers during the same month last year.

“This continued growth is exciting,” Dave Edwards, GSP’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “We are looking forward to seeing these numbers continue to increase with the addition of a sixth airline operating from GSP and additional cargo flights.”

Several new flights have been added at GSP in recent months, according to the release.

Earlier this week, for instance, Atlanta-based Delta Airlines added two daily nonstop flights from GSP to New York City’s LaGuardia Airport. The new flights depart Sunday through Friday at 6:40 a.m., 12:40 p.m., and 5:12 p.m. Saturday service will also be available from GSP at 7:15 a.m.

Frontier Airlines also announced last month it would become the sixth airline to offer flights from GSP when it begins service on Sept. 8. The Colorado-based company will offer nonstop flights to Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando, and seasonal service to Tampa.

American Airlines will also begin offering two daily nonstop flights to Miami on Dec. 19.

GSP said cargo traffic also increased in May to more than 9.7 million pounds, a 26.3 percent increase compared with more than 7.6 million pounds of cargo traffic during the same month last year.

As the Upstate Business Journal reported, German-based freight shipping and logistics company Senator International recently added weekly cargo flights from GSP to Querétaro Intercontinental Airport in Mexico. The airport will also be the entry point for 550 horses competing in this fall’s World Equestrian Games in Mill Spring, N.C.

Opened in 1962, GSP serves more than 2.1 million passengers per year and offers more than 50 nonstop daily flights to 19 cities across the United States.

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