Piedmont Triad International Airport
|Owner/Operator||Piedmont Triad Airport Authority|
|Serves||Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina|
|Location||Guilford County, near Greensboro, North Carolina|
|Hub for||FedEx Express|
|Elevation AMSL||926 ft / 282 m|
Piedmont Triad International Airport (IATA: GSO, ICAO: KGSO, FAA LID: GSO) (commonly referred to as "PTI") is an airport located in the center of North Carolina just west of Greensboro, serving the Piedmont Triad region of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem as well as the entire Piedmont Triad region in North Carolina. The airport, located just off Bryan Boulevard, sits on a 3,770 acre (1,526 ha) campus and has 3 runways. Piedmont Triad International airport is the third busiest airport in North Carolina averaging 280 takeoffs and landings each day. PTI is owned and operated by the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority.
This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011-2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport since it has over 10,000 passenger boardings (enplanements) per year.
A proposal to rename the airport to "Central North Carolina International Airport" passed in December 2017; the renaming was slated to become effective on January 1, 2018. Due to public objections, however, the name change is on hold.
Maynard Field, a predecessor of PTI Airport and one of the first commercial airports in the South, was dedicated on December 6, 1919, just west of Greensboro near Oak Ridge. With its two intersecting runways measuring 1,890 feet (580 m) and 1,249 feet (381 m), hangar space, and even an early day equivalent of a Fixed-Base Operator that made sure the torches were lit at dusk, Maynard Field was named to honor a young North Carolinian pilot named Lt. Belvin Maynard. By 1922 it had competition to the west with Miller Field in Winston-Salem, and Charles Field, a single airstrip that was used mainly for barnstorming, and for take-off drills and landings for the Charles family.
Piedmont Triad International Airport had its start in 1927 when the Tri-City Airport Commission selected 112 acres (45 ha) near the community of Friendship for an airport, and petitioned to become a stop along the congressionally authorized airmail route from New York to New Orleans. Racing pilot Captain Roscoe Turner referred to the current location of Piedmont Triad International Airport as "the best landing field in the south." Friendship, near Greensboro, was selected over neighboring Winston-Salem, which subsequently refused to contribute funds for airport construction and nullified the Tri-City Airport Authority collaborative effort.
Greensboro and Guilford County jointly purchased the Friendship property from Paul C. and Helen G. Lindley, and named it Lindley Field in May 1927 with 12,000 people in attendance. The field then had no runways, no lights, no hangar, and no passenger station. Charles Lindbergh stopped at Lindley Field with the "Spirit of St. Louis" on his cross-country tour celebrating the advances of aviation on October 14, 1927. Regular mail service started in 1928.
Pitcairn Aviation, Incorporated was given the contract to fly the airmail route, the second official airmail route in the United States, and Pitcairn Aviation made the first delivery of airmail in North Carolina on May 1, 1928. Sid Malloy, the pilot of the aircraft, landed with two bags of mail and took three bags of mail to be sent to Atlanta. After a brief closure during the Great Depression, the airport reopened on May 17, 1937 with two all-weather runways. In time, Pitcairn Aviation built a hangar; Greensboro built a passenger station; the United States government established a weather bureau; and the Department of Commerce set up a radio tower. Passenger service was inaugurated by Dixie Flying Service on November 6, 1930, with a route to Washington, D.C.. Pitcairn Aviation took over the route under its new name Eastern Air Transport, which later became Eastern Air Lines.
In July 1942 responsibility for the airport was given to the Greensboro-High Point Airport Authority, with representatives from Greensboro, High Point, and Guilford County. Shortly thereafter the Army Air Corps requisitioned the airport and its facilities for war use and airmail and passenger service was discontinued. The Corps lengthened the runways and built a new passenger terminal. Civilian service resumed after the war, though growth was moderate due to the success of nearby Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem.
The airport opened a 9,000-foot parallel runway.
The airport began a major interior renovation project to provide passengers with a superior airport experience. The renovation included the installation of free wireless Internet and charging stations for passenger devices, and numerous interactive kiosks guiding passengers to ground transportation and nearby accommodations and restaurants.
Frontier Airlines, based in Denver, Colorado, began PTI's first flights to Denver. The airline announced non-stop service first to Orlando, Fla. with Denver, Colo. following shortly thereafter. All service has since been discontinued as of August 2018. In the same year, Dynamic Airways' headquarters was opened at PTI.
Completed in 1982, the terminal building of Piedmont Triad International Airport currently has 26 passenger gates: 14 on the north concourse, and 12 on the south concourse. A 2006 expansion added another 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) to the terminal (at a cost of $5 million); a substantial part of this space was used to establish more permanent security checkpoints. Both concourses are the same size, despite the different gate numbers. There are two passenger accessible levels of the terminal. The top includes ticketing, security, boarding, and concession areas. The bottom floor houses baggage claim and ground transportation.
2011 marked the start of a large-scale airport renovation project that resulted in new furniture, free Wi-Fi, automated baggage handling, touch-screen kiosks and charging stations located under terminal seating for charging electronic devices.
Previously an US Airways Club, American Airlines operated an Admirals Club across from Gate 45 in the south concourse. As of October 15, 2018, the Admirals Club permanently closed.
As of April 30, 2018, the airport averages 246 aircraft operations per day: 39% general aviation, 34% air taxi, 25% scheduled commercial, and 2% military. There are currently 86 aircraft based at this airport: 67 single-engine, 11 multi-engine, and 8 jet.
|Allegiant Air||Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater|||
|Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth|||
|American Eagle||Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington-National|||
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|||
|Delta Connection||Atlanta, Detroit, New York-LaGuardia|||
|Spirit Airlines||Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa|||
|United Express|| Chicago-O'Hare, Newark, Washington-Dulles|
| DHL Aviation||Cincinnati, Laredo, Monterrey (Mexico), Richmond|
|Albany (NY), Atlanta, Chicago-O'Hare, Columbia (SC), Fort Lauderdale, Harrisburg, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Louisville, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Tampa|
| FedEx Feeder||Columbia (SC), Greenville/Spartanburg, Kinston, Myrtle Beach, New Bern, Wilmington (NC)|
|Quest Diagnostics Aviation||Chattanooga, Gwinnett (GA), Knoxville, Manassas (VA), Tri-Cities|
|UPS Airlines||Louisville, Miami, Orlando, Roanoke|
|2||Charlotte, North Carolina||153,180||American|
|3||New York-LaGuardia, New York||89,980||American, Delta|
|4||Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois||74,610||American, United|
|6||Newark, New Jersey||47,060||United|
|7||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||46,810||American|
The following fixed-base operators are based at the Piedmont Triad International Airport:
A significant investment is being made into the interstate highway network adjacent to the airport, which will result in easy access from industrial sites around the airport on Interstate highways leading north, south, east and west. Major highways such as I-40, I-85 and I-74 are already in place, with connectors under construction and coming on line in the near future. By 2019, the network will be complete, opening up numerous additional opportunities for industrial sites with immediate Interstate highway access.
There are currently 9 available sites on the airport campus ready for future development.