T.F. Green Airport is a regional airport serving the FAA's New England Region within the FAA System Plan. Along with two other regional airports, Worcester Regional Airport and Manchester Regional Airport, T.F. Green is considered a reliever airport to Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. The airport is the largest and most active airport among the six operated by the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC).
- 1 History
- 2 Facilities
- 3 Traffic and statistics
- 4 Airlines and destinations
- 5 Ground transportation
- 6 Incidents
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The Army Air Force took control from 1942 to 1945, using it for flight training. The February 1947 diagram shows runways 5, 10 and 16 all 4000 ft long; in April 1951 runway 5 was 5000 ft and 5R was under construction. A few years later 5R was 5466 ft which it remained until extended to 6466 ft around 1967. Limo to Boston.
The April 1957 OAG shows 26 weekday departures: 11 Eastern, 10 American, 4 United and one National. Nonstops did not reach beyond Boston and Newark until 1959 when Eastern started a DC-7B nonstop to Washington, which was the longest until United started Cleveland in 1968 and Chicago in 1970 and Eastern started Miami in 1969 and Atlanta in 1970. The first jets were Mohawk BAC-111s in 1966.
A new terminal opened on Post Road; in the 1990s it was rebuilt, expanding to 18 gates, and in 1997 four gates were added. Airlines added flights to T.F. Green, including Air Canada, Southwest, SATA International (which operated flights to the Azores using an A310-300), and Spirit Airlines.
After the September 11th attacks, T.F. Green, like most airports in the United States, faced a decrease in passengers and fewer flights from American Airlines (which once flew to Chicago O'Hare and Dallas-Fort Worth Airport), Spirit, and SATA. In 2013 the Providence Metropolitan Area is the largest MSA in the United States not served by American Airlines or any of its subsidiaries.
Since the HNTB-designed Bruce Sundlun Terminal opened in 1996, T.F. Green became more congested due to increased traffic and post-9/11 security changes. Renovations followed, including expansion of baggage rooms to accommodate a new In-Line Explosive Detection System (EDS) Baggage Handling System, expanded security screening checkpoints, more concessions and ticket counters, and expansion of RIAC offices on the second and third floors.
Although T.F. Green's longest runway is 7,166 feet (2,184 m), the airport has seen several wide-body jets. Cheaper fees at T.F. Green make it an appealing choice for sports teams and entertainers visiting the area.
T.F. Green was visited by Air Force One, a Boeing 747, on October 25, 2010, a Concorde operated by British Airways on June 13, 1988, and an Airbus A340 flown by Iberia Airlines on June 1, 2011, which transported the Mens Spanish National Soccer Team for their match against the U.S. National Team on June 4, 2011, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. T.F. Green was visited by Air Force One again on October 31, 2014.
Runway expansion The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) writes (in 2001) that the master plan completed in 1997 failed to envision the "tremendous growth" that had been experienced. The report identifies lack of runway length as a hindrance to "range and diversity of service", in particular emphasizing ability to reach non-hub cities, the west coast, and international locations. A challenge for T.F. Green is the residential and commercial development around it. Many residents oppose expansion. Current plans call for runway 5–23 to be extended to 8,700 feet (2,700 m) in order to allow T.F. Green to service nonstop flights to Western Europe and to bring back service to the Western United States.
While some expansion proponents claim extending the main runway would bring in an estimated $138 million over 13 years, doing so could consume 204 houses, at least ten businesses, and large areas of wetlands. More recent studies indicate substantially decreased enplanements due in-part to soaring fuel costs, and easier access to Logan International Airport limos since completion of improvements to the Southeast Expressway, Third Harbor Tunnel, bus services between T.F. Green and Logan, as well as the introduction of low cost carriers at Logan such as JetBlue.
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation owns some residential property on the eastern side of the airport near the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting building. Most homes on Cedar Swamp Road and Pembroke Avenue have since been demolished, likely to make way for future expansion.
On March 1, 2012 TF Green Airport was given the go-ahead to expand the runway and improve the safety of the secondary runway. The Warwick City Council unanimously voted to approve the expansion, and drop the suit against the RIAC. President Obama signed a bill saying the project will be federally funded. The project will take approximately 2–3 years.
Facilities Bruce Sundlun Terminal Theodore Francis Green State Airport covers 1,111 acres (450 ha) at an elevation of 55 feet (17 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt runways: 5/23 is 7,166 by 150 feet (2,184 x 46 m) and 16/34 is 6,081 by 150 feet (1,853 x 46 m). ILS is available for runways 5, 23, and 34, with runway 5 being certified for CAT III Instrument Landing. The other runways with ILS are certified for CAT I. Taxiway Victor was Runway 5L/23R until 2003.
The airport's terminal, named for former Rhode Island governor Bruce Sundlun (Sundlun died on July 21, 2011) has two concourses, North and South. The South Concourse has eight gates and the North Concourse has 14. Gate 8 is designed for international arrivals; it is directly connected to customs, which is on the lower level of the concourse. The terminal contains a number of stores and restaurants, and a central food court.
Traffic and statistics In 2009 the airport had 83,016 aircraft operations, average 227 per day: 52% scheduled commercial, 24% air taxi, 23% general aviation and <1% military. 71 aircraft were then based at this airport: 77% single-engine, 5% multi-engine, 17% jet and 1% helicopter.
T.F. Green is served by regional aircraft such as CRJs and ERJs and medium sized mainline jets such as Boeing 737s and MD-88s. Currently the largest scheduled aircraft servicing the airport is a US Airways Airbus A321 on one of six daily flights to its hub in Charlotte, North Carolina. Additionally, United Airlines does occasionally operate a Boeing 737-900 to Chicago, Illinois. Delta Air Lines charters a Boeing 767-300 during football season for the New England Patriots.
A FedEx Boeing 727-200 parked at T.F. Green FedEx Express currently operates a daily Boeing 757-200 flight to T.F. Green from Memphis, Tennessee. United Parcel Service also operates flights to T.F. Green.
Previously Southwest Airlines serviced the longest domestic routes from the airport to Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona. The service to Phoenix was terminated in 2011. Southwest currently offers service to Denver.
In 2011, T.F. Green handled about 3,852,000 passengers. The mainline airline with the largest presence at T.F. Green is Southwest, which carried 50.77% of all passengers for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2012, followed by US Airways with 14.11%. T.F. Green also handled over 26,000,000 pounds (12,000,000 kg) of cargo and mail.
As of March 2011, 83% of departures were on-time at T.F. Green, and 80% of arrivals were on-time.