McGhee Tyson Airport History (Guide)

McGhee Tyson Airport (IATA: TYS, ICAO: KTYS) was established on August 1, 1930, to honor Charles McGhee Tyson, an American businessman and aviator from Knoxville, Tennessee. The land for the airport was obtained in 1935 and on July 29, 1937, the first plane landed at McGhee Tyson Airport. Later, in 1941, the control tower was built on the territory of the airport, as well as two 1.500-meter runways.
In 1951, with the United States Air Force investment, a 2.300-meter runway was constructed. Furthermore, with the support of the Tennessee Air National Guard, the runway was extended to 2.700 meters.
After the construction of the new passenger terminal in 1974, the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) was established, which marked the resignation of two parallel runways 5L/23R and 5R/23L.
In 1990 the runway 5R/23L was extended to its current length of 2.743 meters. Moreover, a new cargo facility was added in 1992, which became a house for Federal Express, UPS and Airborne Express. That cargo facility is now located on the north side of the terminal building.
In 2000, the terminal underwent certain renovations that cost approximately $70 million. The expansions included the construction of 12 new boarding gates, a new concourse, ticket counters, and a food court. However, in 2009, new cafes were added to the food court, those included Cinnabon, Starbucks, Quiznos, and Zia.
Notably, in 2016, the airport received a $27.9 million grant that is dedicated to a multi-year runway expansion. The runway 5L/23R is being extended to 10,000 feet. Approximately 3.000 feet of the runway was already demolished; however, 6.000 feet are still present to provide a landing ground for small general-aviation planes.


Knoxville airport

McGhee Tyson Airport (IATA: TYS, ICAO: KTYS) is both public and military airport located not far away from Knoxville, Alcoa, Blount County, Tennessee, United States.
The airport is operated by the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and was called a primary commercial service by the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, as is serves more than 10.000 enplanements annually. Notably, the airport served 804.917 enplanements in 2010 and 841.237 in 2011.
The airfield hosts the fixed-based operator (FBO) Truman-Arnold Company (TAC Air) that was first moved there in 2005. After purchasing two FBOs Knox-Air and Cherokee Aviation, TAC Air became the only supplier of aviation fuel for commercial, corporate and general aviation aircraft on the territory of McGhee Tyson Airport ever since.
In 2013, the airbase managed to provide 100,914 aircraft operations, that is about 273 operations per day. Notably, 28,246 of those were general aviation, 34,382 were air taxi, 14,839 were military, and 8,939 were scheduled commercial. Moreover, that year the airport hosted 167 aircraft, 58 of which were single-engine, 42 were multi-engine, 35 were military, 30 were jet and two helicopters.

The area of the airport covers 911 hectares of land, the terminal building itself is located 298 meter above average sea level. The airport operates through two parallel runways: 5L/23R which is 1.830-meter long and 5R/23L which is 2.743-meter long. However, the first runway is planned to be extended to 3.000 meters as of 2017.
Among the top destinations of the airport, there are Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Newark, Detroit, Orlando, Houston, St. Pete, and Denver.


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Knoxville is a city located within the borders of the Tennessee state, USA, which is also a county seat of Knox County. By 2016 the population of the town reached 186.239, making it the third largest city of the state. The city is also the principal city of the Knoxville Metropolitan Statistical Area, the population of which was estimated to be 868.546 in 2016.
When first established in 1786, the city was the first capital of Tennessee. The town experienced geographical isolation in the early 19th century. The construction of the railroad in 1855 led to the economic boom for the city. During the Civil War, Knoxville was occupied by both Confederate and Union armies. Later on, the town started developing as a wholesaling and manufacturing center of the whole state. However, the city experienced a significant manufacturing collapse, which was accompanied by the downtown area decline and the beginning of partisan political fights

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