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At McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), the safety and well-being of our passengers, guests, employees and tenants continues to be our highest priority. When preparing for your next visit to the airport, please use the following information to assist you:

PREPARING FOR YOUR FLIGHT – When preparing for your flight, consider the following information:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continuously monitors travel and offers a wealth of information on their website. You can visit their website by clicking here.
  • Concerned about possible travel bans and/or restrictions? For the most current information, we encourage you to visit the CDC’s website regarding US travel. Multiple states and cities are requiring travelers from Tennessee to self-quarantine for 14-days upon arrival. We recommend contacting the Health Department in the city you are planning to visit to review their recommendations and requirements. Currently, the State of Tennessee does not require a 14-day self-quarantine upon arriving into the state. For international travel, please visit the US Department of State’s website where you can find travel information and advisories for the country you will be visiting.
  • Each airline serving our market has developed a complete listing of what is required to fly with them. To learn more about what is required by each airline and all of the things they are doing to keep their airplane clean, click on the links below:
    Allegiant Air
    American Airlines
    Delta Air Lines
    Frontier Airlines
    United Airlines
  • Not sure what to expect at the security checkpoint? Want to bring hand sanitizer or wipes in your carry-on luggage but are unsure if they will pass through security? Please visit the website of the Transportation Security Administration for details. 
  • Download your airline’s APP to reduce your touchpoints when in the airport, obtain your boarding pass electronically, and have access to real-time flight information.
  • Plan to arrive early to the airport. We suggest arriving at least 1.5 hours prior to a domestic departure and 2.5 hours prior to an international departure to prevent crowding caused by a last-minute rush before a flight.
  • Airport food and concessions are open and operating. In accordance with state requirements, their seating capacity may be limited.

FLIGHT INFORMATION – Prior to your arrival at the airport, please use one of the following to check the status of your flight:

ENHANCED CLEANING PROCEDURES – TYS will continue to comply with CDC prevention guidelines and has enhanced our established cold and flu season cleaning efforts with the following procedures:

  • Restrooms are cleaned hourly with multipurpose cleaner, degreaser and sanitizer.
  • No contact vapor sterilizers are used daily with hospital grade disinfectant.
  • We have increased cleaning of highly used areas of the terminal building where passengers and guests congregate. These areas include but are not limited to gate seating areas, lobby waiting area, elevators, escalators, etc.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are located in all airport restrooms, in gate areas and in baggage claim.

SAFETY MEASURES & RECOMMENDATIONS – TYS has implemented a multitude of safety measures throughout the airport for your safety including but not limited to:

  • Plexiglass Shields have been placed at airline and rental car counters, food and concession check-out locations, and other high traffic areas.
  • Social distancing markers and signage will provide guidance on six-foot physical distancing throughout the airport terminal building.  
  • TYS has reduced and reconfigured gate seating to promote distancing.
  • TYS highly encourages the use of face coverings or masks when in the airport terminal building.
  • At this time, guests are able to come inside the airport terminal building to greet their arriving passengers.

STAY UP TO DATE – Please use one or more of the following ways to stay up to date on changes at TYS:

  • Continue to visit this webpage.
  • Subscribe to the airport’s e-mail newsletter by emailing us at info@tys.org. 
  • Listen to the TYS podcast, From the Runway Up.

May 29, 2020
Effective June 1, 2020, Frontier Airlines will implement temperature screenings for all passengers and team members.

May 12, 2020
Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Frontier Airlines and American Airlines require passengers to wear face coverings in terminal building areas and on flights. Allegiant Air will be providing Personal Health and Safety Kits to passengers as they board their airplane. The kits contain a single-use face mask, a pair of disposable non-latex gloves and cleaning wipes.

Effective June 1, 2020, Frontier Airlines will implement temperature screenings for all passengers and team members.

May 1, 2020
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines will begin requiring passengers to wear face coverings in terminal building areas and on flights beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. Frontier Airlines will implement this requirement on May 8, 2020, and American Airlines will begin on May 11, 2020.

April 30, 2020
McGhee Tyson Airport is open and operating flights that support our nation’s critical functions such as essential travel, supply delivery, and cargo operations. We are continuing to sanitize the airport using a variety of cleaning methods, with emphasis taken in restrooms and high traffic areas. We are committed to providing current travel information and airport operational updates when they become available.

April 8, 2020
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has had a major impact on flights into and out of McGhee Tyson Airport since mid-March. Our staff has been in constant communication with the airlines that serve our market in an effort to support their operations and to determine daily flight estimations for April 2020. As of today, we anticipate that the number of scheduled flights from McGhee Tyson Airport in April will be down 50% and that passenger numbers will be down 85%. We also anticipate that we will see flight cancellations each day. We are open and will continue to provide flights that support our nation’s critical functions such as essential travel, medical transportation, supply delivery, and cargo operations.

March 27, 2020
In compliance with Governor Bill Lee’s executive order to suspend in-person dining and due to low customer demand, airport concessionaires are offering carry-out food only, with a limited menu. They have reduced their hours of operation or closed temporarily. Food concessions are available each day from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., with snack options available at the gift shop until 8 p.m. Please follow social distancing guidelines while waiting to pick up orders.

March 17, 2020
McGhee Tyson Airport is continuing their enhanced cleaning and sterilization measures throughout the terminal. Airport staff is working with state and local health departments as well as airport tenants to remain up to date on the latest COVID-19 information.  If you have any questions about your flight, it is strongly encouraged that you visit your airline’s website.

· Allegiant Air: www.allegiantair.com/travel-alerts
· American Airlines: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/travel-alerts.jsp
· Delta Air Lines: https://www.delta.com/us/en/advisories/other-alerts/coronavirus-travel-updates
· Frontier Airlines: https://www.flyfrontier.com/alert/
· United Airlines:  https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/notices.html

March 12,2020
The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has notified McGhee Tyson Airport that a passenger flying into the airport was exposed to the COVID-19 coronavirus while overseas. The person has been in isolation since they returned to the area and has not required hospitalization. Per standard public health protocols for infectious disease response, KCHD epidemiologists are working with the Tennessee Department of Health and following CDC guidance to contact and monitor anyone who may have been exposed to this isolated case. More information is available at https://knoxcounty.org/health/coronavirus/.  

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority will continue to work closely with the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The airport will continue to comply with CDC prevention guidelines and has taken the following measures to supplement our established cold and flu season cleaning efforts:

  • Restrooms are cleaned hourly with multipurpose cleaner, degreaser and sanitizer.
  • No contact vapor sterilizers are used daily with hospital grade disinfectant.
  • Hand sanitizer is in all airport restrooms.
  • We have increased cleaning of highly used areas of the terminal building where passengers and guests congregate.
  • Airport employees and tenants have received the CDC’s prevention guidelines. A copy of these guidelines can be found on the CDC’s website.

The airlines that serve McGhee Tyson Airport have issued travel alerts pertaining to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

If you have a reservation question, please visit your airline’s website for specific instructions.

The best precautions you can take are simple, but they are important and effective:

 *   Wash your hands regularly
 *   Stay home if you are sick
 *   Avoid contact with those who are sick
 *   Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze/cough
 *   Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
 *   Get a flu shot if you haven’t already

The health and safety of our passengers, guests and employees is our top priority. Travelers are encouraged to visit any of the following websites for more information:

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TDOT Traffic AlertRead more

 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 Road, and then back onto Alcoa Highway. Northbound traffic will be detoured using the existing on and off ramps at Hunt Road.

Southbound detours will be in place between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with northbound detours in place between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. All work is expected to be complete by Monday morning, October 12. This schedule is weather permitting.

For more information on this project, please visit:

https://www.tn.gov/tdot/projects/projects-region-1/sr-115-alcoa-highway-hall-road-to-tyson-blvd.html

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Airport Authority Wins Financial Reporting AwardRead more

 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 the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. This year marks the twenty-seventh year in a row that the MKAA has received this financial award.

“Each year, our comprehensive annual financial report serves as the foundation of our current and future fiscal plan for airport operations and capital projects,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners. “We are honored to receive this award and commend our internal staff and external auditors for consistently creating an award-winning report that is both comprehensive and accurate in its presentation of our organization’s financial situation.”

The GFOA also recognized Jennifer Whitaker, MKAA Controller, for her contributions to the award-winning CAFR. Whitaker was presented an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement.

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Allegiant Begins New Nonstop Service to BostonRead more

 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 for Knoxville visitors across the country. 

The new ultra-low-cost, nonstop flights, which operate twice weekly, will also provide a convenient option for area travelers who need to get to Boston. 

Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com. 

“Allegiant Air continues to invest in McGhee Tyson Airport, providing much-needed nonstop air service to popular destinations such as Boston,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. “This new nonstop flight opens a gateway between the majestic mountains of East Tennessee and the rich history found in Boston. With low fares, Allegiant Air makes it easy for New Englanders to sample Southern hospitality while also offering East Tennessee travelers the chance to experience Boston’s world-famous waterfront.” 

Allegiant offers a unique option to Knoxville-area travelers with low base fares and savings on rental cars and hotels. Travelers can book their entire vacation with Allegiant for less. 

Allegiant® 

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart, focused on connecting customers with premier leisure experiences – from vacations to hometown family entertainment. Since 1999, Allegiant Air has linked travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class vacation destinations with all-nonstop flights and industry-low average fares. Today, Allegiant’s all-Airbus fleet serves communities across the nation, with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For more information, visit us at Allegiant.com. Media information, including photos, is available at http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF 

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MKAA President Elected to National AAAE Board of DirectorsRead more

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.

“Having an airport president as a leader within the national aviation system who can share his perspective on concerns that can directly impact aviation in East Tennessee is imperative to the success of the MKAA system,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners. “Patrick’s leadership and legislative understanding on the local, state, and national level are assets that will continue to guide McGhee Tyson Airport and Downtown Island Airport through the new challenges and opportunities we are sure to face in the months and years to come.”

Wilson joins the national AAAE Board of Directors with more than 28 years of experience in the aviation industry and 8 years of leadership experience within the AAAE organization, both on a national level and with its Southeast Chapter.

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ABOUT MKAA: The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport (DKX). For more information, visit flyknoxville.com.

ABOUT AAAE: Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world’s largest professional organization representing the individuals who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE’s 7,000 members represent some 875 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

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TYS-Inspired Virtual BackgroundsRead more

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 Background.” When it prompts you to “Choose Virtual Background,” click the “+” to upload your image and set your background! Don’t forget to uncheck the “Mirror my video” box option under Video Settings.

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

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 private and relaxing area inside the airport terminal building.

“We often get requests from the traveling public about amenities they would like to see offered at McGhee Tyson Airport,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority. “We are pleased to be able to install a Mamava Pod in the terminal building in order to meet the needs of traveling mothers in hopes to make their airport experience a little less stressful.”

While 61 airports around the world have Mamava pods, McGhee Tyson Airport is the first airport in the state of Tennessee to offer this amenity to travelers. This self-contained, mobile pod has comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump, and a door that can be locked for privacy.

“We’re thrilled to support breastfeeding mamas traveling through McGhee Tyson Airport” said Sascha Mayer, Co-founder and CEO of Mamava. “We believe that all mamas deserve a clean, comfortable, and dignified place to use a breast pump or breastfeed distraction-free—anywhere, anytime. Mamava pods provide flexibility for facilities and easy access for moms.”

To gain access into the Mamava pod, traveling mothers can download the free Mamava app to receive their unique entry code or call the phone number listed on the front of the pod to unlock the pod.

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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2019 Marks Busiest Year in McGhee Tyson Airport’s 82-Year HistoryRead more

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 the previous calendar year and hosted 2,572,775 passengers. Furthermore, in comparison to years passed, the airport has grown by 29% since 2017 and by 41% since 2016.

“For the past 44 months, McGhee Tyson Airport has experienced substantial growth,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners. “This airport growth is the product of the strong support of the people, businesses, and government organizations in our community; the multitude of attractive tourism opportunities nearby; and the commitment by the airlines that serve our market to provide air service to popular destinations.”

Over the past year, the MKAA quickly implemented multiple capital projects in order to accommodate this growth and make the passenger experience more convenient. Along with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the MKAA opened a fourth security checkpoint lane to reduce the time passengers spend in line for security. In addition, to alleviate parking congestion, the MKAA opened 300 new parking spots in the Economy Lot, the most affordable parking lot.

“We are thankful for the support of the community and airlines that operate at McGhee Tyson Airport,” said Mannis. “The MKAA staff has made a significant impact on the options travelers have when flying into and out of the airport, and we are committed to aggressively recruiting new air service options with a strong emphasis on lower airfares.”

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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One of the Single Largest Air Service Announcements in TYS HistoryRead more

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 option to access vibrant, metropolitan areas, lose themselves in the eclectic environment of one of the country’s fastest growing cities, or sink their toes in the sand at one of the most well-known beach towns.

“The Board of Commissioners and staff at the MKAA are continually working to recruit new low-fare airlines and flights to McGhee Tyson Airport,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority. “Investments like the one that Allegiant Air announced today do not happen overnight. They are the culmination of Allegiant Air’s belief in our market, the strong business case our staff presents to the airline, and the community’s continued support of Allegiant Air.”

In the past year, the airport authority staff has been successful in recruiting seven new destinations on Allegiant Air, two new destinations on American Airlines, larger American Airlines’ aircraft to select market, and an upgrade of new aircraft on United Airlines.  All of these efforts provide more flexibility in travel planning for the region’s travelers and more opportunities to attract visitors to our vibrant communities in East Tennessee.

“We are thankful that Allegiant has made such a strong commitment to our community,” said Mannis. “We are grateful for their commitment and we will continuously strive to bring quality low-fare air service to our region.”

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Airport to Host TSA PreCheck Pop Up Enrollment EventRead more

KNOXVILLE (September 16, 2019)  — McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) invites community members and passengers to enroll in the popular TSA Pre✓® expedited screening program. This temporary enrollment event will take place at TYS from September 23, 2019 thru October 4, 2019, Monday-Friday only. TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a smart and more efficient screening experience. For TSA Pre✓® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts. Today, TSA Pre✓® has more than 450 lanes at 200+ U.S. airports.

Applying for TSA Pre✓® through this local enrollment event is easy.  First, we encourage applicants to Pre-Enroll ahead of time by simply: clicking here, choose “Apply Now” and fill out steps 1 through 4. Once you arrive at step 4 of 4, type in your location “Knoxville, TN” and then be sure to choose the TYS location for our Pop Up Event.  The total cost to enjoy five years of TSA Pre✓® in all participating U.S. airports is $85 per person.

IMPORTANT! To complete the application process, you will need to bring proof of identity and U.S. citizen documentation (such as a U.S. Passport or a birth certificate with a driver license). A valid U.S. passport is all you need as proof of identification!

The application process is completed on site; including fingerprints for background check and collection of the $85 application fee. The fee can be paid by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted.

Enroll in TSA Pre✔® today and begin to enjoy the expedited security screening program that helps take the stress out of travel. https://www.tsa.gov/precheck

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Airport Authority Wins Financial Reporting AwardRead more

KNOXVILLE (May 29, 2019)  —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 2018 fiscal year. This year marks the twenty-sixth year in a row that the MKAA has received this financial award. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

“We are honored to receive this award and commend our internal staff and external auditors, Coulter & Justus, for consistently making it a priority to create an award-winning report that is both comprehensive and accurate in its presentation of our organization’s financial situation,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners.

The GFOA also recognized Jennifer Whitaker, MKAA Controller. Whitaker joined MKAA in September 2017.  For her first year overseeing the development of the MKAA CAFR, she was presented an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement.

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Allegiant Launches New Nonstops from 2 Cities to KnoxvilleRead more

KNOXVILLE (May 17, 2019)  — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) this week begins two new nonstop routes to Denver and Pittsburgh from Knoxville, Tennessee. To celebrate, the company is offering round-trip fares on the new routes as low as $44 each way.*

“We’re excited to grow yet again in one of our newest bases of operations,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. “Knoxville offers a plethora of fun and exciting outdoor activities like hiking, camping and fishing, along with enchanting music halls and regional cuisine.”

The new seasonal routes to McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) include:

  1. Pittsburgh via Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) – beginning May 17, 2019 with fares as low as $44 each way.*
  2. Denver via Denver International Airport (DEN) – beginning May 22, 2019 with fares as low as $75 each way.*

“Allegiant Air continues to build upon their investment in our region with new flights to Denver and Pittsburgh,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners. “With the strong support of our tourism partners in Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains, we believe our new seasonal flights will not only benefit the passengers flying out of airport but will also help attract visitors to the mountains of East Tennessee.”

The new nonstop routes will operate twice weekly.  Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.

Allegiant offers a unique option to Knoxville-bound travelers with low base airfare and savings on rental cars and hotels. Travelers can book their entire vacation with Allegiant for less.

*About the introductory fares:

Price displayed reflects each way fare with the purchase of a round-trip itinerary required and includes taxes, carrier charges & government fees. Seats and dates are limited and fares are not available on all flights. Flights must be purchased by May 20, 2019 for travel by June 28, 2019 service to TYS from PIT. Flights must be purchased by May 25, 2019 for travel by July 31, 2019 for service to TYS from DEN. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Optional baggage charges and additional restrictions may apply. For more details, optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com.

Allegiant®

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms and rental cars. All can be purchased only through the company website, Allegiant.com. Beginning with one aircraft and one route in 1999, the company has grown to over 80 aircraft and more than 400 routes across the country with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit: http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF.

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Allegiant Announces New Nonstop Service to PittsburghRead more

KNOXVILLE (February 12, 2019)-  Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces a new nonstop routes to Knoxville, Tennessee from Pittsburgh via Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) beginning May 17, 2019 To celebrate, the company is offering fares on the new route as low as $49* each way.

“We’re excited to grow again in the Knoxville area,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. “We’re confident that Pittsburgh-area travelers will take advantage of these convenient, ultra-low-cost, nonstop flights to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains and all that this beautiful region has to offer.”

The new nonstop route will operate twice-weekly to McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and will bring nearly 4,500 passengers to the Knoxville area annually, contributing to visitor spending in the local economy. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.

“With today’s announcement of nonstop flights to Pittsburgh, Allegiant continues to expand its base of operations at McGhee Tyson Airport with nine nonstop destinations,” said Eddie Mannis, chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority. “We appreciate Allegiant’s investment in our community and will continue to work with them to grow their service in our region.”

Allegiant offers a unique option to Knoxville-bound travelers with low base airfare and savings on rental cars and hotels. Travelers can book their entire vacation with Allegiant for less.

*About the introductory fares:

Price displayed reflects purchase of a round-trip itinerary and includes taxes, carrier charges & government fees. Seats and dates are limited and fares are not available on all flights. Flights must be purchased by Feb. 13, 2019 for travel by Aug. 13, 2019. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Optional baggage charges and additional restrictions may apply. For more details, optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com.

Allegiant®

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms and rental cars. All can be purchased only through the company website, Allegiant.com. Beginning with one aircraft and one route in 1999, the company has grown to over 80 aircraft and more than 300 routes across the country with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit: http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF.

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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ACI-NA Recognizes the Winners of the Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, & Customer Service AwardsRead more

OTTAWA (November 21, 2018) – Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) announced the recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, and Customer Service Awards on November 15, 2018, at an award gala during the 2018 Marketing and Communications Conference in Ottawa, ON.  Hollywood Burbank Airport received the 2018 Peggy G. Hereford Award recipient as the airport with the most overall recognition in the contest’s categories.

“Our industry’s ability to tell the dynamic and compelling story of airports is extremely important to helping us advance as an industry,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.  “Airports like the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and all of our other winners are going above and beyond in connecting with their passengers and amplifying their message about the airport’s essential role in their local communities. ACI-NA is delighted to applaud the innovative work and the talented individuals who are telling our industry’s story.”

The Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, and Customer Service Awards recognizes the quality of work, abundance of talent, and creativity within the marketing, communications, and customer service field of the airport industry. This year the contest received more than 300 entries in 20 categories. For a full list of the 20 categories, click here.

The Social Media Campaigns category recognizes campaigns that connect people through social media and allows them to be integrated in a product, service or overall airport experience.

The 2018 winner for Social Media Campaigns is the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA).  Orlando International Airport (MCO) received an honorable mention.

MKAA won the Social Media Campaigns category for their podcast, From the Runway Up. From the Runway Up is the first airport-hosted podcast in the country that focuses on behind-the-scenes airport operations, current aviation trends, and air travel tips. For more information about the podcast or to listen to episodes, visit https://fromtherunwayup.com/.

 

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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American Airlines Adds Nonstop Flights to New York City’s La Guardia AirportRead more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (October 9, 2018)– The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) is pleased to announce that American Eagle, a regional partner of American Airlines, is beginning nonstop service between McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) on February 14, 2019.

The service will be offered twice daily, and all flights will be flown on Embraer 175 jets with first class and coach seating available. Below is the daily flight schedule:

“The schedule and frequency of this flight provide business and leisure travelers additional options when flying to the New York metropolitan area, which is the most-traveled destination from McGhee Tyson Airport.” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners.  “By adding these New York flights beginning in February of 2019 and nonstop flights to Miami starting in December, American Airlines has shown a substantial commitment to our market and the travelers of East Tennessee.”

Flights are now available for purchase. To book a nonstop flight to New York City, visit www.aa.com. To view the full list of McGhee Tyson Airport’s 22 nonstop destinations, visit www.flyknoxville.com/destinations.

 

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Wilson Named New President of the MKAARead more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (August 31, 2018)– The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s (MKAA) Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to hire Patrick Wilson, Patrick WilsonA.A.E., as president effective mid-November 2018.  Wilson will replace William F. “Bill” Marrison, who is retiring on December 31, 2018, after 36 years of service to the organization and the traveling public of East Tennessee.

“On behalf of the airport’s Board of Commissioners, we are grateful to Bill for his years of dedication to our airport system,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners. “It was under his leadership that McGhee Tyson Airport has broken annual passenger records, attracted new businesses such as Cirrus Aircraft, attracted new airlines and created hundreds of jobs for our community.”

“The MKAA Board of Commissioners knew that finding someone to follow Bill Marrison as President would be a monumental undertaking,” said Mannis.  “Patrick is a natural fit for the position with his proven track record of strong leadership, team building and capital improvement execution.   He is well respected within the aviation industry and we are confident he will continue to take our airport to the next level with his focus on customer experience, strategic partnerships and economic development.”

With over 25 years of aviation experience, an established relationship with state and federal aviation officials and a clear understanding of legislative issues facing Tennessee airports, Wilson understands what is needed to be successful at MKAA. In his most recent position as executive director at the Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville, TN, Wilson developed the vision and made strategic partnerships to create a 160 acre on-airport aerospace industry park that resulted in $40 million of site infrastructure. He has initiated and secured funding for $110 million in capital improvements to modernize and expand facilities at the airport in the airfield, terminal, general aviation, and air cargo areas. Prior to leading the Tri-Cities Airport, Wilson was MKAA Operations Manager where he gained a strong understanding of the inter-workings of McGhee Tyson Airport.

Wilson graduated top of his class from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Master of Business in Aviation and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned the Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) designation from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).  He has also been AAAE certified as an Airport Security Coordinator (ASC), attended the Advanced Airport Operations Specialist School and is an Airport Certified Employee (ACE).

In addition, Wilson is a proven and well respected leader in the aviation industry. Since 2015, he has served as the President of the Tennessee Association of Air Carrier Airports and serves on the University of Tennessee’s Aerospace and Defense Advisory Board.  Wilson was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to serve on the Tennessee Aviation Funding Task Force from 2015-2016 and he is the president-elect of the AAAE Southeast Chapter, representing 12 southeastern states.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve as the next President of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority,” said Wilson. “I hope to contribute to and build upon the strong aviation foundation that exists at both McGhee Tyson and Downtown Island Airports by recruiting air service, creating new jobs and investing in the people who work at and visit
the airports.”

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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McGhee Tyson Airport Breaks All-Time Monthly Passenger RecordRead more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (July 18, 2018)– McGhee Tyson Airport set an all-time record for monthly passenger traffic when it reported 202,122 passengers in May 2018.  With a 13% increase in passenger numbers over May 2017, this marks the airport’s 25th consecutive month of growth.

“Our current economy has allowed both legacy and low-fare airlines to increase aircraft capacity, which has given East Tennessee travelers the opportunity to take advantage of more flights and more destinations,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners.  “With airlines continuing to invest in our market and adding new service, such as Allegiant Air’s base of operations announcement and American Airlines’ announcement of nonstop service to Miami, we anticipate our passenger traffic will continue to increase in the months to come.”

A total of 829,928 passengers have flown through McGhee Tyson Airport during the first five months of 2018, which is a 14% increase over the same period last year.

Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, and United Airlines all reported monthly passenger increases for the month of May 2018.  The overall airport load factor was 84% for the month.

To learn more about flights at McGhee Tyson Airport, please visit www.flyknoxville.com.

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Allegiant Plans Aircraft Base in TennesseeRead more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (June 20, 2018) – State and local officials joined executives from Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) today as the company announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee. As part of Allegiant’s growth plans in Tennessee, the company plans to create up to 66 new, high-wage jobs in the area.

“Over the past decade, Allegiant Air has provided low-fare nonstop flights to popular destinations from McGhee Tyson Airport,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. “They are continuing to support our region by selecting our airport as a base of operation, leading to more jobs and travel opportunities for the people of East Tennessee.”

The Las Vegas-based company is investing more than $50 million to establish its new base of operations, which will house two Airbus aircraft. The company, which focuses on linking travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class leisure destinations, plans to begin its base operations at McGhee Tyson Airport in October 2018.

Knoxville is exactly what people declare it to be: a hidden gem. In this one, unique location, mountains meet music… art meets adventure… and culture meets cuisine.  The pure walkability of downtown allows people to explore and discover vibrant murals, local music, historic sites, art museums, parks, greenways and more.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the country seeing over 11.3 million visitors in 2017 and offers outdoor adventure abound as well as unparalleled breathtaking scenic beauty.  Neighboring towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Sevier County, nestled at the doorstep of the Smoky Mountains each welcome guests year-round to the Smoky Mountain Vacation Area with their own unique, fun-filled family vacation experiences and charming personalities.Today, Allegiant serves 27 routes from five cities in the state of Tennessee, including flights from Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Tri-Cities. Of the routes, 22 are non-competitive, providing Tennesseans more nonstop options across the country.

“Allegiant has already seen great success in the Knoxville/Great Smoky Mountains area, and   establishing a permanent base affords the opportunity to embed even deeper into the community and contribute further to the local economy,” said Keith Hansen, vice president of government affairs for Allegiant. “Having based aircraft and crews increases the efficiency of our operations and positions us for even more growth in the future, offering more access to and from the Great Smoky Mountains than ever before.”

Allegiant began operating at McGhee Tyson Airport in December 2006 and now offers eight nonstop routes to Las Vegas; Baltimore/Washington, D.C.; New York/Newark, New Jersey; and five cities in Florida: Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Tampa/St. Pete, Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando/Sanford. Knoxville will become the airline’s 15th aircraft base, which will allow Allegiant to expand its service to and from Knoxville, offer more new nonstop routes in the future, increase the airport’s existing 21 nonstops and further connect Knoxville businesses, residents and visitors to destinations around the world.

Allegiant, which employs more than 4,000 team members across the U.S., plans to immediately begin hiring pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and ground personnel to support the operations. Positions are expected to offer average salaries more than 85 percent above the state’s average wage. Interested applicants may apply online.

“It is through strong community partnerships and the attractiveness of our region’s tourism market that our airport is able to recruit opportunities like the one announced today,” said Mannis.  “We appreciate the support of our region’s economic development and tourism organizations.”

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority supports the project in partnership with the Competitive Airfare Partnership, the Blount Partnership, Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority, Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Council, Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism, Sevier County Tourism Department, the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, and the Tennessee Department of Tourism.

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Airport Authority Wins Financial Reporting Award for 25th Consecutive YearRead more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – 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 2017 fiscal year. This year marks the twenty-fifth year in a row that the MKAA has received this financial award. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

“Since inception, our comprehensive annual financial report has served as the foundation of our current and future fiscal plan for airport operations and capital projects,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners. “We are honored to receive this award and commend our internal staff and external auditors, Coulter & Justus, for consistently creating an award-winning report that is both comprehensive and accurate in its presentation of our organization’s financial situation.”

The GFOA also recognized Nancy White, CPA, MKAA Controller. White joined MKAA in May 2017. For her first year overseeing the development of the MKAA CAFR, she was presented an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement.

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Airport President Announces Plan to Retire in December 2018Read more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – During the regularly scheduled February meeting of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners, MKAA President William F. Marrison, A.A.E, submitted his notice of retirement effective December 31, 2018, after nearly 50 years in aviation and 36 years in MKAA leadership positions. Marrison is retiring for personal health reasons. # # #

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport (DKX).

 

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Record-Breaking Year in 2017 for McGhee Tyson AirportRead more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) announced today that McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) served 1,988,019 passengers in 2017, making it the airport’s busiest year in its 80-year history. 2017 passenger numbers outpaced the previous annual passenger record set in 2005 by 142,528. In addition, 2017 traffic grew by 9% over 2016 numbers and the airport’s consolidated load factor was 77.7%.

“We are seeing unprecedented growth in our region and in the air service provided by the five airlines that serve McGhee Tyson Airport,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners. “We are thankful for their support of our airport and we look forward to continuing to build upon the flight and destination options available to the East Tennessee traveling public.”

McGhee Tyson Airport reported year-over-year passenger growth in every month of 2017 and set new monthly passenger records for eight consecutive months starting in May through December. October 2017 was the busiest month of the year with 200,330 passengers.

“As our air service grows and continues to impact on the economic growth of our community, so does the need to provide quality infrastructure at our facility,” said Mannis. “Currently, we are in the middle of a major runway and airfield modernization program that will allow us to remain competitive and to provide the facilities we need to continue
to grow.”

 

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport (DKX).

 

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Travel Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19)Read more

At McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), the safety and well-being of our passengers, guests, employees and tenants continues to be our highest priority. When preparing for your next visit to the airport, please use the following information to assist you:

PREPARING FOR YOUR FLIGHT – When preparing for your flight, consider the following information:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continuously monitors travel and offers a wealth of information on their website. You can visit their website by clicking here.
  • Concerned about possible travel bans and/or restrictions? For the most current information, we encourage you to visit the CDC’s website regarding US travel. Multiple states and cities are requiring travelers from Tennessee to self-quarantine for 14-days upon arrival. We recommend contacting the Health Department in the city you are planning to visit to review their recommendations and requirements. Currently, the State of Tennessee does not require a 14-day self-quarantine upon arriving into the state. For international travel, please visit the US Department of State’s website where you can find travel information and advisories for the country you will be visiting.
  • Each airline serving our market has developed a complete listing of what is required to fly with them. To learn more about what is required by each airline and all of the things they are doing to keep their airplane clean, click on the links below:
    Allegiant Air
    American Airlines
    Delta Air Lines
    Frontier Airlines
    United Airlines
  • Not sure what to expect at the security checkpoint? Want to bring hand sanitizer or wipes in your carry-on luggage but are unsure if they will pass through security? Please visit the website of the Transportation Security Administration for details. 
  • Download your airline’s APP to reduce your touchpoints when in the airport, obtain your boarding pass electronically, and have access to real-time flight information.
  • Plan to arrive early to the airport. We suggest arriving at least 1.5 hours prior to a domestic departure and 2.5 hours prior to an international departure to prevent crowding caused by a last-minute rush before a flight.
  • Airport food and concessions are open and operating. In accordance with state requirements, their seating capacity may be limited.

FLIGHT INFORMATION – Prior to your arrival at the airport, please use one of the following to check the status of your flight:

ENHANCED CLEANING PROCEDURES – TYS will continue to comply with CDC prevention guidelines and has enhanced our established cold and flu season cleaning efforts with the following procedures:

  • Restrooms are cleaned hourly with multipurpose cleaner, degreaser and sanitizer.
  • No contact vapor sterilizers are used daily with hospital grade disinfectant.
  • We have increased cleaning of highly used areas of the terminal building where passengers and guests congregate. These areas include but are not limited to gate seating areas, lobby waiting area, elevators, escalators, etc.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are located in all airport restrooms, in gate areas and in baggage claim.

SAFETY MEASURES & RECOMMENDATIONS – TYS has implemented a multitude of safety measures throughout the airport for your safety including but not limited to:

  • Plexiglass Shields have been placed at airline and rental car counters, food and concession check-out locations, and other high traffic areas.
  • Social distancing markers and signage will provide guidance on six-foot physical distancing throughout the airport terminal building.  
  • TYS has reduced and reconfigured gate seating to promote distancing.
  • TYS highly encourages the use of face coverings or masks when in the airport terminal building.
  • At this time, guests are able to come inside the airport terminal building to greet their arriving passengers.

STAY UP TO DATE – Please use one or more of the following ways to stay up to date on changes at TYS:

  • Continue to visit this webpage.
  • Subscribe to the airport’s e-mail newsletter by emailing us at info@tys.org. 
  • Listen to the TYS podcast, From the Runway Up.

May 29, 2020
Effective June 1, 2020, Frontier Airlines will implement temperature screenings for all passengers and team members.

May 12, 2020
Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Frontier Airlines and American Airlines require passengers to wear face coverings in terminal building areas and on flights. Allegiant Air will be providing Personal Health and Safety Kits to passengers as they board their airplane. The kits contain a single-use face mask, a pair of disposable non-latex gloves and cleaning wipes.

Effective June 1, 2020, Frontier Airlines will implement temperature screenings for all passengers and team members.

May 1, 2020
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines will begin requiring passengers to wear face coverings in terminal building areas and on flights beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. Frontier Airlines will implement this requirement on May 8, 2020, and American Airlines will begin on May 11, 2020.

April 30, 2020
McGhee Tyson Airport is open and operating flights that support our nation’s critical functions such as essential travel, supply delivery, and cargo operations. We are continuing to sanitize the airport using a variety of cleaning methods, with emphasis taken in restrooms and high traffic areas. We are committed to providing current travel information and airport operational updates when they become available.

April 8, 2020
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has had a major impact on flights into and out of McGhee Tyson Airport since mid-March. Our staff has been in constant communication with the airlines that serve our market in an effort to support their operations and to determine daily flight estimations for April 2020. As of today, we anticipate that the number of scheduled flights from McGhee Tyson Airport in April will be down 50% and that passenger numbers will be down 85%. We also anticipate that we will see flight cancellations each day. We are open and will continue to provide flights that support our nation’s critical functions such as essential travel, medical transportation, supply delivery, and cargo operations.

March 27, 2020
In compliance with Governor Bill Lee’s executive order to suspend in-person dining and due to low customer demand, airport concessionaires are offering carry-out food only, with a limited menu. They have reduced their hours of operation or closed temporarily. Food concessions are available each day from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., with snack options available at the gift shop until 8 p.m. Please follow social distancing guidelines while waiting to pick up orders.

March 17, 2020
McGhee Tyson Airport is continuing their enhanced cleaning and sterilization measures throughout the terminal. Airport staff is working with state and local health departments as well as airport tenants to remain up to date on the latest COVID-19 information.  If you have any questions about your flight, it is strongly encouraged that you visit your airline’s website.

· Allegiant Air: www.allegiantair.com/travel-alerts
· American Airlines: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/travel-alerts.jsp
· Delta Air Lines: https://www.delta.com/us/en/advisories/other-alerts/coronavirus-travel-updates
· Frontier Airlines: https://www.flyfrontier.com/alert/
· United Airlines:  https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/notices.html

March 12,2020
The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has notified McGhee Tyson Airport that a passenger flying into the airport was exposed to the COVID-19 coronavirus while overseas. The person has been in isolation since they returned to the area and has not required hospitalization. Per standard public health protocols for infectious disease response, KCHD epidemiologists are working with the Tennessee Department of Health and following CDC guidance to contact and monitor anyone who may have been exposed to this isolated case. More information is available at https://knoxcounty.org/health/coronavirus/.  

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority will continue to work closely with the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The airport will continue to comply with CDC prevention guidelines and has taken the following measures to supplement our established cold and flu season cleaning efforts:

  • Restrooms are cleaned hourly with multipurpose cleaner, degreaser and sanitizer.
  • No contact vapor sterilizers are used daily with hospital grade disinfectant.
  • Hand sanitizer is in all airport restrooms.
  • We have increased cleaning of highly used areas of the terminal building where passengers and guests congregate.
  • Airport employees and tenants have received the CDC’s prevention guidelines. A copy of these guidelines can be found on the CDC’s website.

The airlines that serve McGhee Tyson Airport have issued travel alerts pertaining to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

If you have a reservation question, please visit your airline’s website for specific instructions.

The best precautions you can take are simple, but they are important and effective:

 *   Wash your hands regularly
 *   Stay home if you are sick
 *   Avoid contact with those who are sick
 *   Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze/cough
 *   Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
 *   Get a flu shot if you haven’t already

The health and safety of our passengers, guests and employees is our top priority. Travelers are encouraged to visit any of the following websites for more information:

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TDOT Traffic AlertRead more

 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 Road, and then back onto Alcoa Highway. Northbound traffic will be detoured using the existing on and off ramps at Hunt Road.

Southbound detours will be in place between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with northbound detours in place between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. All work is expected to be complete by Monday morning, October 12. This schedule is weather permitting.

For more information on this project, please visit:

https://www.tn.gov/tdot/projects/projects-region-1/sr-115-alcoa-highway-hall-road-to-tyson-blvd.html

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Airport Authority Wins Financial Reporting AwardRead more

 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 the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. This year marks the twenty-seventh year in a row that the MKAA has received this financial award.

“Each year, our comprehensive annual financial report serves as the foundation of our current and future fiscal plan for airport operations and capital projects,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners. “We are honored to receive this award and commend our internal staff and external auditors for consistently creating an award-winning report that is both comprehensive and accurate in its presentation of our organization’s financial situation.”

The GFOA also recognized Jennifer Whitaker, MKAA Controller, for her contributions to the award-winning CAFR. Whitaker was presented an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement.

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Allegiant Begins New Nonstop Service to BostonRead more

 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 for Knoxville visitors across the country. 

The new ultra-low-cost, nonstop flights, which operate twice weekly, will also provide a convenient option for area travelers who need to get to Boston. 

Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com. 

“Allegiant Air continues to invest in McGhee Tyson Airport, providing much-needed nonstop air service to popular destinations such as Boston,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. “This new nonstop flight opens a gateway between the majestic mountains of East Tennessee and the rich history found in Boston. With low fares, Allegiant Air makes it easy for New Englanders to sample Southern hospitality while also offering East Tennessee travelers the chance to experience Boston’s world-famous waterfront.” 

Allegiant offers a unique option to Knoxville-area travelers with low base fares and savings on rental cars and hotels. Travelers can book their entire vacation with Allegiant for less. 

Allegiant® 

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart, focused on connecting customers with premier leisure experiences – from vacations to hometown family entertainment. Since 1999, Allegiant Air has linked travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class vacation destinations with all-nonstop flights and industry-low average fares. Today, Allegiant’s all-Airbus fleet serves communities across the nation, with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For more information, visit us at Allegiant.com. Media information, including photos, is available at http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF 

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MKAA President Elected to National AAAE Board of DirectorsRead more

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.

“Having an airport president as a leader within the national aviation system who can share his perspective on concerns that can directly impact aviation in East Tennessee is imperative to the success of the MKAA system,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners. “Patrick’s leadership and legislative understanding on the local, state, and national level are assets that will continue to guide McGhee Tyson Airport and Downtown Island Airport through the new challenges and opportunities we are sure to face in the months and years to come.”

Wilson joins the national AAAE Board of Directors with more than 28 years of experience in the aviation industry and 8 years of leadership experience within the AAAE organization, both on a national level and with its Southeast Chapter.

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ABOUT MKAA: The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport (DKX). For more information, visit flyknoxville.com.

ABOUT AAAE: Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world’s largest professional organization representing the individuals who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE’s 7,000 members represent some 875 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

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TYS-Inspired Virtual BackgroundsRead more

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 Background.” When it prompts you to “Choose Virtual Background,” click the “+” to upload your image and set your background! Don’t forget to uncheck the “Mirror my video” box option under Video Settings.

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

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 private and relaxing area inside the airport terminal building.

“We often get requests from the traveling public about amenities they would like to see offered at McGhee Tyson Airport,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority. “We are pleased to be able to install a Mamava Pod in the terminal building in order to meet the needs of traveling mothers in hopes to make their airport experience a little less stressful.”

While 61 airports around the world have Mamava pods, McGhee Tyson Airport is the first airport in the state of Tennessee to offer this amenity to travelers. This self-contained, mobile pod has comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump, and a door that can be locked for privacy.

“We’re thrilled to support breastfeeding mamas traveling through McGhee Tyson Airport” said Sascha Mayer, Co-founder and CEO of Mamava. “We believe that all mamas deserve a clean, comfortable, and dignified place to use a breast pump or breastfeed distraction-free—anywhere, anytime. Mamava pods provide flexibility for facilities and easy access for moms.”

To gain access into the Mamava pod, traveling mothers can download the free Mamava app to receive their unique entry code or call the phone number listed on the front of the pod to unlock the pod.

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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2019 Marks Busiest Year in McGhee Tyson Airport’s 82-Year HistoryRead more

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 the previous calendar year and hosted 2,572,775 passengers. Furthermore, in comparison to years passed, the airport has grown by 29% since 2017 and by 41% since 2016.

“For the past 44 months, McGhee Tyson Airport has experienced substantial growth,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners. “This airport growth is the product of the strong support of the people, businesses, and government organizations in our community; the multitude of attractive tourism opportunities nearby; and the commitment by the airlines that serve our market to provide air service to popular destinations.”

Over the past year, the MKAA quickly implemented multiple capital projects in order to accommodate this growth and make the passenger experience more convenient. Along with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the MKAA opened a fourth security checkpoint lane to reduce the time passengers spend in line for security. In addition, to alleviate parking congestion, the MKAA opened 300 new parking spots in the Economy Lot, the most affordable parking lot.

“We are thankful for the support of the community and airlines that operate at McGhee Tyson Airport,” said Mannis. “The MKAA staff has made a significant impact on the options travelers have when flying into and out of the airport, and we are committed to aggressively recruiting new air service options with a strong emphasis on lower airfares.”

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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One of the Single Largest Air Service Announcements in TYS HistoryRead more

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 option to access vibrant, metropolitan areas, lose themselves in the eclectic environment of one of the country’s fastest growing cities, or sink their toes in the sand at one of the most well-known beach towns.

“The Board of Commissioners and staff at the MKAA are continually working to recruit new low-fare airlines and flights to McGhee Tyson Airport,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority. “Investments like the one that Allegiant Air announced today do not happen overnight. They are the culmination of Allegiant Air’s belief in our market, the strong business case our staff presents to the airline, and the community’s continued support of Allegiant Air.”

In the past year, the airport authority staff has been successful in recruiting seven new destinations on Allegiant Air, two new destinations on American Airlines, larger American Airlines’ aircraft to select market, and an upgrade of new aircraft on United Airlines.  All of these efforts provide more flexibility in travel planning for the region’s travelers and more opportunities to attract visitors to our vibrant communities in East Tennessee.

“We are thankful that Allegiant has made such a strong commitment to our community,” said Mannis. “We are grateful for their commitment and we will continuously strive to bring quality low-fare air service to our region.”

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Airport to Host TSA PreCheck Pop Up Enrollment EventRead more

KNOXVILLE (September 16, 2019)  — McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) invites community members and passengers to enroll in the popular TSA Pre✓® expedited screening program. This temporary enrollment event will take place at TYS from September 23, 2019 thru October 4, 2019, Monday-Friday only. TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a smart and more efficient screening experience. For TSA Pre✓® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts. Today, TSA Pre✓® has more than 450 lanes at 200+ U.S. airports.

Applying for TSA Pre✓® through this local enrollment event is easy.  First, we encourage applicants to Pre-Enroll ahead of time by simply: clicking here, choose “Apply Now” and fill out steps 1 through 4. Once you arrive at step 4 of 4, type in your location “Knoxville, TN” and then be sure to choose the TYS location for our Pop Up Event.  The total cost to enjoy five years of TSA Pre✓® in all participating U.S. airports is $85 per person.

IMPORTANT! To complete the application process, you will need to bring proof of identity and U.S. citizen documentation (such as a U.S. Passport or a birth certificate with a driver license). A valid U.S. passport is all you need as proof of identification!

The application process is completed on site; including fingerprints for background check and collection of the $85 application fee. The fee can be paid by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted.

Enroll in TSA Pre✔® today and begin to enjoy the expedited security screening program that helps take the stress out of travel. https://www.tsa.gov/precheck

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Airport Authority Wins Financial Reporting AwardRead more

KNOXVILLE (May 29, 2019)  —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 2018 fiscal year. This year marks the twenty-sixth year in a row that the MKAA has received this financial award. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

“We are honored to receive this award and commend our internal staff and external auditors, Coulter & Justus, for consistently making it a priority to create an award-winning report that is both comprehensive and accurate in its presentation of our organization’s financial situation,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners.

The GFOA also recognized Jennifer Whitaker, MKAA Controller. Whitaker joined MKAA in September 2017.  For her first year overseeing the development of the MKAA CAFR, she was presented an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement.

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Allegiant Launches New Nonstops from 2 Cities to KnoxvilleRead more

KNOXVILLE (May 17, 2019)  — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) this week begins two new nonstop routes to Denver and Pittsburgh from Knoxville, Tennessee. To celebrate, the company is offering round-trip fares on the new routes as low as $44 each way.*

“We’re excited to grow yet again in one of our newest bases of operations,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. “Knoxville offers a plethora of fun and exciting outdoor activities like hiking, camping and fishing, along with enchanting music halls and regional cuisine.”

The new seasonal routes to McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) include:

  1. Pittsburgh via Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) – beginning May 17, 2019 with fares as low as $44 each way.*
  2. Denver via Denver International Airport (DEN) – beginning May 22, 2019 with fares as low as $75 each way.*

“Allegiant Air continues to build upon their investment in our region with new flights to Denver and Pittsburgh,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners. “With the strong support of our tourism partners in Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains, we believe our new seasonal flights will not only benefit the passengers flying out of airport but will also help attract visitors to the mountains of East Tennessee.”

The new nonstop routes will operate twice weekly.  Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.

Allegiant offers a unique option to Knoxville-bound travelers with low base airfare and savings on rental cars and hotels. Travelers can book their entire vacation with Allegiant for less.

*About the introductory fares:

Price displayed reflects each way fare with the purchase of a round-trip itinerary required and includes taxes, carrier charges & government fees. Seats and dates are limited and fares are not available on all flights. Flights must be purchased by May 20, 2019 for travel by June 28, 2019 service to TYS from PIT. Flights must be purchased by May 25, 2019 for travel by July 31, 2019 for service to TYS from DEN. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Optional baggage charges and additional restrictions may apply. For more details, optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com.

Allegiant®

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms and rental cars. All can be purchased only through the company website, Allegiant.com. Beginning with one aircraft and one route in 1999, the company has grown to over 80 aircraft and more than 400 routes across the country with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit: http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF.

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Allegiant Announces New Nonstop Service to PittsburghRead more

KNOXVILLE (February 12, 2019)-  Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces a new nonstop routes to Knoxville, Tennessee from Pittsburgh via Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) beginning May 17, 2019 To celebrate, the company is offering fares on the new route as low as $49* each way.

“We’re excited to grow again in the Knoxville area,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. “We’re confident that Pittsburgh-area travelers will take advantage of these convenient, ultra-low-cost, nonstop flights to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains and all that this beautiful region has to offer.”

The new nonstop route will operate twice-weekly to McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and will bring nearly 4,500 passengers to the Knoxville area annually, contributing to visitor spending in the local economy. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.

“With today’s announcement of nonstop flights to Pittsburgh, Allegiant continues to expand its base of operations at McGhee Tyson Airport with nine nonstop destinations,” said Eddie Mannis, chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority. “We appreciate Allegiant’s investment in our community and will continue to work with them to grow their service in our region.”

Allegiant offers a unique option to Knoxville-bound travelers with low base airfare and savings on rental cars and hotels. Travelers can book their entire vacation with Allegiant for less.

*About the introductory fares:

Price displayed reflects purchase of a round-trip itinerary and includes taxes, carrier charges & government fees. Seats and dates are limited and fares are not available on all flights. Flights must be purchased by Feb. 13, 2019 for travel by Aug. 13, 2019. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Optional baggage charges and additional restrictions may apply. For more details, optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com.

Allegiant®

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms and rental cars. All can be purchased only through the company website, Allegiant.com. Beginning with one aircraft and one route in 1999, the company has grown to over 80 aircraft and more than 300 routes across the country with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit: http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF.

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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ACI-NA Recognizes the Winners of the Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, & Customer Service AwardsRead more

OTTAWA (November 21, 2018) – Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) announced the recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, and Customer Service Awards on November 15, 2018, at an award gala during the 2018 Marketing and Communications Conference in Ottawa, ON.  Hollywood Burbank Airport received the 2018 Peggy G. Hereford Award recipient as the airport with the most overall recognition in the contest’s categories.

“Our industry’s ability to tell the dynamic and compelling story of airports is extremely important to helping us advance as an industry,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.  “Airports like the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and all of our other winners are going above and beyond in connecting with their passengers and amplifying their message about the airport’s essential role in their local communities. ACI-NA is delighted to applaud the innovative work and the talented individuals who are telling our industry’s story.”

The Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, and Customer Service Awards recognizes the quality of work, abundance of talent, and creativity within the marketing, communications, and customer service field of the airport industry. This year the contest received more than 300 entries in 20 categories. For a full list of the 20 categories, click here.

The Social Media Campaigns category recognizes campaigns that connect people through social media and allows them to be integrated in a product, service or overall airport experience.

The 2018 winner for Social Media Campaigns is the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA).  Orlando International Airport (MCO) received an honorable mention.

MKAA won the Social Media Campaigns category for their podcast, From the Runway Up. From the Runway Up is the first airport-hosted podcast in the country that focuses on behind-the-scenes airport operations, current aviation trends, and air travel tips. For more information about the podcast or to listen to episodes, visit https://fromtherunwayup.com/.

 

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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American Airlines Adds Nonstop Flights to New York City’s La Guardia AirportRead more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (October 9, 2018)– The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) is pleased to announce that American Eagle, a regional partner of American Airlines, is beginning nonstop service between McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) on February 14, 2019.

The service will be offered twice daily, and all flights will be flown on Embraer 175 jets with first class and coach seating available. Below is the daily flight schedule:

“The schedule and frequency of this flight provide business and leisure travelers additional options when flying to the New York metropolitan area, which is the most-traveled destination from McGhee Tyson Airport.” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners.  “By adding these New York flights beginning in February of 2019 and nonstop flights to Miami starting in December, American Airlines has shown a substantial commitment to our market and the travelers of East Tennessee.”

Flights are now available for purchase. To book a nonstop flight to New York City, visit www.aa.com. To view the full list of McGhee Tyson Airport’s 22 nonstop destinations, visit www.flyknoxville.com/destinations.

 

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Wilson Named New President of the MKAARead more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (August 31, 2018)– The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s (MKAA) Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to hire Patrick Wilson, Patrick WilsonA.A.E., as president effective mid-November 2018.  Wilson will replace William F. “Bill” Marrison, who is retiring on December 31, 2018, after 36 years of service to the organization and the traveling public of East Tennessee.

“On behalf of the airport’s Board of Commissioners, we are grateful to Bill for his years of dedication to our airport system,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners. “It was under his leadership that McGhee Tyson Airport has broken annual passenger records, attracted new businesses such as Cirrus Aircraft, attracted new airlines and created hundreds of jobs for our community.”

“The MKAA Board of Commissioners knew that finding someone to follow Bill Marrison as President would be a monumental undertaking,” said Mannis.  “Patrick is a natural fit for the position with his proven track record of strong leadership, team building and capital improvement execution.   He is well respected within the aviation industry and we are confident he will continue to take our airport to the next level with his focus on customer experience, strategic partnerships and economic development.”

With over 25 years of aviation experience, an established relationship with state and federal aviation officials and a clear understanding of legislative issues facing Tennessee airports, Wilson understands what is needed to be successful at MKAA. In his most recent position as executive director at the Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville, TN, Wilson developed the vision and made strategic partnerships to create a 160 acre on-airport aerospace industry park that resulted in $40 million of site infrastructure. He has initiated and secured funding for $110 million in capital improvements to modernize and expand facilities at the airport in the airfield, terminal, general aviation, and air cargo areas. Prior to leading the Tri-Cities Airport, Wilson was MKAA Operations Manager where he gained a strong understanding of the inter-workings of McGhee Tyson Airport.

Wilson graduated top of his class from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Master of Business in Aviation and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned the Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) designation from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).  He has also been AAAE certified as an Airport Security Coordinator (ASC), attended the Advanced Airport Operations Specialist School and is an Airport Certified Employee (ACE).

In addition, Wilson is a proven and well respected leader in the aviation industry. Since 2015, he has served as the President of the Tennessee Association of Air Carrier Airports and serves on the University of Tennessee’s Aerospace and Defense Advisory Board.  Wilson was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to serve on the Tennessee Aviation Funding Task Force from 2015-2016 and he is the president-elect of the AAAE Southeast Chapter, representing 12 southeastern states.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve as the next President of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority,” said Wilson. “I hope to contribute to and build upon the strong aviation foundation that exists at both McGhee Tyson and Downtown Island Airports by recruiting air service, creating new jobs and investing in the people who work at and visit
the airports.”

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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McGhee Tyson Airport Breaks All-Time Monthly Passenger RecordRead more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (July 18, 2018)– McGhee Tyson Airport set an all-time record for monthly passenger traffic when it reported 202,122 passengers in May 2018.  With a 13% increase in passenger numbers over May 2017, this marks the airport’s 25th consecutive month of growth.

“Our current economy has allowed both legacy and low-fare airlines to increase aircraft capacity, which has given East Tennessee travelers the opportunity to take advantage of more flights and more destinations,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners.  “With airlines continuing to invest in our market and adding new service, such as Allegiant Air’s base of operations announcement and American Airlines’ announcement of nonstop service to Miami, we anticipate our passenger traffic will continue to increase in the months to come.”

A total of 829,928 passengers have flown through McGhee Tyson Airport during the first five months of 2018, which is a 14% increase over the same period last year.

Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, and United Airlines all reported monthly passenger increases for the month of May 2018.  The overall airport load factor was 84% for the month.

To learn more about flights at McGhee Tyson Airport, please visit www.flyknoxville.com.

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Allegiant Plans Aircraft Base in TennesseeRead more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (June 20, 2018) – State and local officials joined executives from Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) today as the company announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee. As part of Allegiant’s growth plans in Tennessee, the company plans to create up to 66 new, high-wage jobs in the area.

“Over the past decade, Allegiant Air has provided low-fare nonstop flights to popular destinations from McGhee Tyson Airport,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. “They are continuing to support our region by selecting our airport as a base of operation, leading to more jobs and travel opportunities for the people of East Tennessee.”

The Las Vegas-based company is investing more than $50 million to establish its new base of operations, which will house two Airbus aircraft. The company, which focuses on linking travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class leisure destinations, plans to begin its base operations at McGhee Tyson Airport in October 2018.

Knoxville is exactly what people declare it to be: a hidden gem. In this one, unique location, mountains meet music… art meets adventure… and culture meets cuisine.  The pure walkability of downtown allows people to explore and discover vibrant murals, local music, historic sites, art museums, parks, greenways and more.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the country seeing over 11.3 million visitors in 2017 and offers outdoor adventure abound as well as unparalleled breathtaking scenic beauty.  Neighboring towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Sevier County, nestled at the doorstep of the Smoky Mountains each welcome guests year-round to the Smoky Mountain Vacation Area with their own unique, fun-filled family vacation experiences and charming personalities.Today, Allegiant serves 27 routes from five cities in the state of Tennessee, including flights from Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Tri-Cities. Of the routes, 22 are non-competitive, providing Tennesseans more nonstop options across the country.

“Allegiant has already seen great success in the Knoxville/Great Smoky Mountains area, and   establishing a permanent base affords the opportunity to embed even deeper into the community and contribute further to the local economy,” said Keith Hansen, vice president of government affairs for Allegiant. “Having based aircraft and crews increases the efficiency of our operations and positions us for even more growth in the future, offering more access to and from the Great Smoky Mountains than ever before.”

Allegiant began operating at McGhee Tyson Airport in December 2006 and now offers eight nonstop routes to Las Vegas; Baltimore/Washington, D.C.; New York/Newark, New Jersey; and five cities in Florida: Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Tampa/St. Pete, Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando/Sanford. Knoxville will become the airline’s 15th aircraft base, which will allow Allegiant to expand its service to and from Knoxville, offer more new nonstop routes in the future, increase the airport’s existing 21 nonstops and further connect Knoxville businesses, residents and visitors to destinations around the world.

Allegiant, which employs more than 4,000 team members across the U.S., plans to immediately begin hiring pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and ground personnel to support the operations. Positions are expected to offer average salaries more than 85 percent above the state’s average wage. Interested applicants may apply online.

“It is through strong community partnerships and the attractiveness of our region’s tourism market that our airport is able to recruit opportunities like the one announced today,” said Mannis.  “We appreciate the support of our region’s economic development and tourism organizations.”

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority supports the project in partnership with the Competitive Airfare Partnership, the Blount Partnership, Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority, Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Council, Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism, Sevier County Tourism Department, the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, and the Tennessee Department of Tourism.

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Airport Authority Wins Financial Reporting Award for 25th Consecutive YearRead more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – 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 2017 fiscal year. This year marks the twenty-fifth year in a row that the MKAA has received this financial award. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

“Since inception, our comprehensive annual financial report has served as the foundation of our current and future fiscal plan for airport operations and capital projects,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners. “We are honored to receive this award and commend our internal staff and external auditors, Coulter & Justus, for consistently creating an award-winning report that is both comprehensive and accurate in its presentation of our organization’s financial situation.”

The GFOA also recognized Nancy White, CPA, MKAA Controller. White joined MKAA in May 2017. For her first year overseeing the development of the MKAA CAFR, she was presented an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement.

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.
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Airport President Announces Plan to Retire in December 2018Read more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – During the regularly scheduled February meeting of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners, MKAA President William F. Marrison, A.A.E, submitted his notice of retirement effective December 31, 2018, after nearly 50 years in aviation and 36 years in MKAA leadership positions. Marrison is retiring for personal health reasons. # # #

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport (DKX).

 

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Record-Breaking Year in 2017 for McGhee Tyson AirportRead more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) announced today that McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) served 1,988,019 passengers in 2017, making it the airport’s busiest year in its 80-year history. 2017 passenger numbers outpaced the previous annual passenger record set in 2005 by 142,528. In addition, 2017 traffic grew by 9% over 2016 numbers and the airport’s consolidated load factor was 77.7%.

“We are seeing unprecedented growth in our region and in the air service provided by the five airlines that serve McGhee Tyson Airport,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners. “We are thankful for their support of our airport and we look forward to continuing to build upon the flight and destination options available to the East Tennessee traveling public.”

McGhee Tyson Airport reported year-over-year passenger growth in every month of 2017 and set new monthly passenger records for eight consecutive months starting in May through December. October 2017 was the busiest month of the year with 200,330 passengers.

“As our air service grows and continues to impact on the economic growth of our community, so does the need to provide quality infrastructure at our facility,” said Mannis. “Currently, we are in the middle of a major runway and airfield modernization program that will allow us to remain competitive and to provide the facilities we need to continue
to grow.”

 

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The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport (DKX).

 

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