Business Opportunities

In order to do business with the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA), vendors must register with the Purchasing Department through our Vendor Registration system, powered by Vendor Registry. The MKAA may reject any quotes, bids, proposals and qualifications submitted by businesses that are not registered under this system.
Request for Proposals: Mechanical Services Vendor
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Procurement

In order to do business with the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA), vendors must register with the Purchasing Department through our Vendor Registration system, powered by Vendor Registry. The MKAA may reject any quotes, bids, proposals and qualifications submitted by businesses that are not registered under this system.

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Airport Advertising

Advertising opportunities are available throughout the terminal building at McGhee Tyson Airport. Anyone interested in placing an advertisement should contact the Airport Authority Advertising Department by calling
(865) 342-1100 or by emailing adsales@tys.org.

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Economic Development @ TYS

The West Aviation Area offers clear, level building sites with easy access to our two 9,000-foot runways. It's the perfect spot for any aerospace-related business, including aircraft manufacturing or maintenance, air cargo & logistics operations, corporate aviation facilities, research & development centers, private hangars, and more.

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Disadvantaged Business
Enterprise Program

Organizations participating as DBE’s on construction projects, as concessionaires, as lessees, or for professional services must first be certified as such. Please complete and return the enclosed Schedule A application. In addition, please provide us with copies of the information requested on the DBE checklist. By providing us with this information, we will be able to process your application efficiently.

A Disadvantaged Business Enterprise is a small business that is both owned and controlled by minorities or women. This means that minorities or women must own 51% of the business, and control the management and daily operations of the business. Minorities include Women, Blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and members of other groups or other individuals who the Small Business Administration (SBA) has determined are economically and socially disadvantaged under Section 8 (a) of the Small Business Act. Also, in determining whether a business is a small business concern, recipients should apply the standards established by the Small Business Administration in 13 CFR Part 121.3-8. In general, this means that the concern must not exceed the number of employees or dollars of revenue specified for its standard industrial classification.

The Airport Authority will review the Schedule A and other information submitted as justification of DBE status, and certify as a DBE only those firms who meet the screening requirements. Unless certified, a firm is not a DBE within the meaning of this DBE program.

MKAA’s DBE Program
DBE Application
DBE Certification Application
DBE List
DBE Goal 2020 Notice of Publication

Notice of Publication:  FY2021-2024 ACDBE Goal

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) has established an Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 23.  MKAA anticipates a Non-Car Rental ACDBE goal of 5.2%  and a Car Rental ACDBE Goal of 1% for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2021.  It is the policy of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority to ensure that ACDBE’s as defined in 49 CFR Part 23 have an equal opportunity to participate in all of its projects.  The Airport Authority in compliance with its policies and the Code of Federal Regulations shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or sex in the award and performance of any DOT assisted contract or in the administration of its ACDBE Program.  The entire ACDBE plan, proposed goal calculations, and research information used in the goal calculations, is available for review in its entirety at the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority administrative offices and on our website at www.flyknoxville.com. Public participation is encouraged.  To review the proposed goal, ask questions pertaining to the goal, or to comment, please contact Alan Jones, Director of Administration & DBE Liaison Officer at Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, P. O. Box   15600, Knoxville, TN  37901-5600 and by email: alan.jones@tys.org or phone at 865-342-3062. Comments will be accepted for 30 days from the date of this publication.

Disadvantaged Business
Enterprise Program

Organizations participating as DBE’s on construction projects, as concessionaires, as lessees, or for professional services must first be certified as such. Please complete and return the enclosed Schedule A application. In addition, please provide us with copies of the information requested on the DBE checklist. By providing us with this information, we will be able to process your application efficiently.

A Disadvantaged Business Enterprise is a small business that is both owned and controlled by minorities or women. This means that minorities or women must own 51% of the business, and control the management and daily operations of the business. Minorities include Women, Blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and members of other groups or other individuals who the Small Business Administration (SBA) has determined are economically and socially disadvantaged under Section 8 (a) of the Small Business Act. Also, in determining whether a business is a small business concern, recipients should apply the standards established by the Small Business Administration in 13 CFR Part 121.3-8. In general, this means that the concern must not exceed the number of employees or dollars of revenue specified for its standard industrial classification.

The Airport Authority will review the Schedule A and other information submitted as justification of DBE status, and certify as a DBE only those firms who meet the screening requirements. Unless certified, a firm is not a DBE within the meaning of this DBE program.

MKAA’s DBE Program
DBE Application
DBE Certification Application
DBE List

MRO Hangar available now

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• 46,000 sq ft hangar with 4 bays

• 18,000 sq ft shop & stores space

• 11,500 sq ft office space

84,500 sq ft aircraft apron

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority offers for lease this 76,000 sq ft aircraft maintenance facility at McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS). Built in 2000 for Continental Express and later ExpressJet Airlines, the facility was designed to support heavy maintenance and overhaul operations for air carrier regional jets. The complex is available for occupancy in late 2020.

Four large hangar bays with overhead crane, along with ample ramp, shop, stores, and office space make this maintenance center an efficient location to service a wide variety of air carrier or large corporate aircraft.

Knoxville’s central location in East Tennessee means the complex is very convenient to all major cities in the South, East and Midwest, including airline hubs in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington, and more.

Locating in Knoxville means access to world-class R&D technology partnerships through the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a global leader in carbon fiber technology. Knoxville is also home to a vibrant aerospace industry that includes Endeavor Airlines, Cirrus Aircraft, and Standard Aero, just to name a few. Low operating costs, low cost of living, outstanding quality of life, and a business-friendly community in right-to-work Tennessee make this aircraft maintenance facility an attractive choice.

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Download Hangar Layout Diagram

Why KNoxville?

• Accessible Central Location

• 9,000 & 10,000 ft CAT-11 Runways

• Low Operating Costs

• Available Skilled Workforce

• Access to World-Class Technology

• Vibrant Aerospace Community

• Great Quality of Life

• Low Employee Cost of Living

• Available Local & State Incentives

• No State Income Tax

Take a virtual Tour!

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Select the area of the hangar you would like to view and take a self-guided, 360° virtual tour. Simply click your mouse in the area and direction you would like to view.

Hangar Bays
Shop & Store Space
Office Space

865.342.3001
Hangar@tys.org