Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) in South Carolina, US, has published a new updated Terminal Area study, which includes a future development plan to accommodate growth at the airport for the next 20 years.

Passenger activity at GSP surged 109% in the past ten years. GSP believes that if the growth remains the same over the next ten to 20 years, then it will need to make significant improvements for operational efficiency.

The study confirms that the airport can handle future passenger growth and offered details on how and when it should commence planning for the future development of the terminal, roadways, parking and facilities.

According to the study, GSP will be required to add 12 additional boarding gates and create a new designated arrival area to replace the existing facility.

To accommodate the future growth, the study also recommended a new 1,500 space parking garage with a consolidated rental car facility, additional baggage claim, expanded roadways and spacious passenger waiting areas.

An improved terminal curb front was also suggested.

Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District president and CEO Dave Edwards said: “It is important that we continue to plan for growth at GSP.

“We are dedicated to improving facilities in advance of demand so that we continue to capitalise on opportunities as they are presented, to enhance the economic prosperity of the region. This plan allows us to look into the future and confidently plan for tomorrow.”

In September 2019, GSP opened a new air cargo facility to better handle the growing volume of domestic and international freight.

Established with an investment of $33m, the new facility was built with an objective to enable the Upstate and GSP to meet the freight service demands of the south-eastern US.