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Passenger numbers up at GSP in December

Staff Report //January 26, 2018//

Passenger numbers up at GSP in December

Staff Report //January 26, 2018//

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The number of passengers going through Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in December 2017 increased 12.1% over December the previous year. And in October, the airport saw the passenger number exceed 200,000 in a single month for the first time in its history.

The airport had 177,894 passengers move through its terminal in December 2017, according to a news release. Overall for 2017, the airport had 2,130,885 passengers through its terminal, up from the 2,011,047 in 2016.

“Not only did overall passenger traffic increase for 10 of the past 12 months, but in October, GSP recorded an impressive 215,335 passengers marking the first time in the airport’s history where the total passenger count exceeded 200,000 in a single month,” said Dave Edwards, GSP Airport District president and CEO, in the release.

Edwards said passenger traffic totals “were not the only impressive numbers recorded at GSP during 2017.” He said cargo numbers were just as strong.

“Effective Jan. 1, 2017, we assumed responsibility for the Fixed Base Operations and launched operations under the brand name Cerulean Aviation, focusing our efforts in two divisions, commercial aviation and general aviation,” he said. “We finished the year with a 42.8% increase in cargo traffic and a 29.7% increase in fuel. I am extremely proud of our efforts to date and anticipate even more success in 2018.”

Also in 2017:

  • A Greer-based transportation company, Eastside Transportation Services, was selected as the new ground transportation provider at GSP.
  • GSP introduced its first maintenance repair and overhaul facility — PSA Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines.
  • Basil Dosunmu was named CFO and senior vice president of administration and finance for the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District. He previously served as interim CFO for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority.