TSA Installing CT Technology at TYS

According to a press release from the TSA distributed on January 24, 2023, “The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is expanding its use of state of the art, computed tomography (CT) X-ray scanners at security checkpoints nationwide, and brand new units are heading to McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) in the coming weeks. The new CT scanners, used to screen travelers’ carry-on … Read More

ChariTrees at McGhee Tyson Airport

Trees of inspiration, also known as ChariTrees, decorate McGhee Tyson Airport during the holiday season. Each tree represents an organization whose selfless acts of charity help those in need. They serve as a reminder that you can make a difference in the lives of so many. Either through volunteerism or by offering a donation, you can make this holiday season … Read More

McGhee Tyson Airport’s Runway 5L-23R is Officially Open for Operational Use

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After more than a decade of planning and construction, Runway5L-23R is now open for air traffic, making McGhee Tyson Airport a two-runway airport once again. “The opening of this new runway is a significant accomplishment for our airport system and allows us to build upon our $2.1 billion economic impact to the community as well,” said Patrick … Read More

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 South Carolina 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 … 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