New Leadership Assumes Role for the MKAA’s Board of Commissioners

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – During a Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) Board of Commissioners’ meeting held on January 20, 2021, Brian Simmons, President and Founder of Simmons Property Group, LLC, assumed his role as the board’s new chairman.  Simmons supersedes State Representative Eddie Mannis who will remain on the board as a commissioner. Jeff Smith, Executive Vice President for Operations for … Read More

Allegiant Announced Rescheduled Nonstop Service to Myrtle Beach

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee. Jan. 12, 2021 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces a rescheduled nonstop route to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) in Florida from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) in Tennessee beginning June 2, 2021. The route, originally scheduled to start service in 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To celebrate the new launch date, the company is offering one-way fares on the … Read More

TDOT Traffic Alert

 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (October 6, 2020) — According to TDOT: Motorists traveling in Blount County should be aware of an upcoming traffic shift on Alcoa Highway near McGhee Tyson Airport. On Sunday, October 11, the contractor will begin the deck pour for the new Hunt Road overpass near McGhee-Tyson Airport.  Southbound traffic will be detoured onto Hunt Road, then to Louisville … Read More

Airport Authority Wins Financial Reporting Award

 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 14 2020) — The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the 2019 fiscal year. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet … Read More

Allegiant Begins New Nonstop Service to Boston

 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 3, 2020) — Allegiant begins service today from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) in Massachusetts. Since beginning service nearly 14 years ago, Allegiant opened the door for travelers to experience The Great Smoky Mountains. By establishing TYS as an aircraft base in 2018, Allegiant afforded even more flexibility for nonstop travel options … Read More

MKAA President Elected to National AAAE Board of Directors

Patrick Wilson, A.A.E., President of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA), was appointed to the 2020-2021 Board of Directors for the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) during the organization’s Annual Membership Meeting, which was held virtually on Friday, June 26, 2020. AAAE is the world’s largest professional organization representing individuals who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. … Read More

TYS-Inspired Virtual Backgrounds

Missing air travel and dreaming of your next trip through McGhee Tyson Airport? Until we see you again, use these custom, virtual backgrounds for your next Zoom meeting. How It Works on Zoom: Right click on any of the images below and choose “Save Image As” to save it to your computer. Open Zoom, click on preferences, and select “Virtual … Read More

TYS Opens a New Lactation Station for Nursing Mothers: A Mamava Pod

KNOXVILLE (February 7, 2020)  —The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) is pleased to offer an additional amenity to East Tennessee travelers, more specifically to traveling nursing mothers. Located past the TSA Security Checkpoint across from the food concession area, the MKAA has installed a Mamava Pod. This private pod offers an area for mothers to breastfeed or pump in a … Read More

2019 Marks Busiest Year in McGhee Tyson Airport’s 82-Year History

KNOXVILLE (February 5, 2020)  —The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) is excited to announce that a record number of passengers traveled through McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) in 2019, making it the busiest year in the airport’s 82-year history. With the addition of five destinations and the upgrade of numerous aircraft fleet operating in the market, TYS grew by 15.8% over … Read More

One of the Single Largest Air Service Announcements in TYS History

KNOXVILLE (January 14, 2020)  — McGhee Tyson Airport is celebrating an air service milestone today with the announcement of five new seasonal destinations on Allegiant Air, making it one of the airport’s single largest air service announcements in its 83-year history.  With flights to popular destinations like Austin, Boston, Chicago, Houston and Myrtle Beach, East Tennessee travelers will have the … Read More