Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District Celebrates Cargo Facility Expansion

The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) area famous South Carolina Aviation Week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating its new addition to the cargo facility.

The airport opened a 50,000 square foot expansion earlier this year and doubled the capacity of the current facility to meet demand for cargo shipments. In 2021, GSP ranked No. 21 in the country for international cargo tonnage, handling 96,000 tons of cargo, growing more than 48% in 2020, according to US Trade Numbers.

In 2019, GSP opened the 111,000 square foot air cargo facility and 17 acres of aircraft parking area. The facility opened to meet the growing demand for freighter service in the upstate and positioned the upstate to capitalize on the growing demand for freighter service in the Southeast.

Air cargo operations in the GSP generated $5.5 billion in international trade for the upstate, as well as an annual economic impact of $2.9 billion according to a 2018 study, according to David Edwards, President and CEO of GSP.

“We continue to see record volumes of freight passing through our world-class facilities. This expansion will position us to continue to be a major player in the international supply chain. It’s incredibly rewarding to be a part of the aviation industry’s significant impacts on South Carolina,” said Edwards.

David Edwards, President and CEO of GSP

Several officials spoke before the inauguration ceremony, including Minor Shaw, president of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission, and State Senator Josh Kimbrell and South Carolina Rep. Rita Allison.

“In order to grow in the future, we want to make sure that we make these investments in air cargo to…have that positive economic impact that we all seek in our community,” Edwards said.

Boeing 747 cargo
Photo by John Olson

South Carolina Air Force The week highlights the impact of airports and the aviation industry on the state’s economy. Each year, the annual event is held in connection with aviation pioneer Orville Wright’s birthday and National Aviation Day on August 19.

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