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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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Selling Our Story to CirrusRead more

Recruiting businesses to East Tennessee (and more-specifically recruiting companies to do business on airport property) is a full-time job. The Knoxville Chamber (and many other local organizations) is tasked with selling Knoxville to businesses around the world in hopes that they bring more jobs and revenue to East Tennessee. In this episode, Doug Lawyer, Vice President of Economic Development for the Knoxville Chamber, discusses what all went into recruiting Cirrus Aircraft to TYS. He also talks about the status of our region and shares examples of many other businesses that have decided to call East Tennessee home. Music in this episode: Birdy by KV https://soundcloud.com/kvmusicprod // Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b… // Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/dSCbsObNJo0

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Inside ‘The Cirrus Life’Read more

In 2015, Cirrus Aircraft announced they were naming Knoxville as the location of their Vision Center. Fast-forward three years later, and because of their increased presence and operations, 38% of all single-engine piston aircraft in the world were delivered in Knoxville. Hear from Stephen Deucker, Vice President of Owner Experience and General Manager of the Vision Center at Cirrus Aircraft, as he explains why they chose Knoxville as their home and how ‘The Cirrus Life’ is redefining aviation. // Music in this episode: Birdy by KV https://soundcloud.com/kvmusicprod // Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b… // Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/dSCbsObNJo0

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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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Military Aviation at TYS: Delivering ‘Beans, Beds, and Bullets’Read more

For this month’s episode, we took our podcast on the road and visited the Tennessee Air National Guard Base, which is located across the runway from TYS. We spoke with the Wing Commander and the Vice Wing Commander of the 134th Air Refueling Wing and learned more about their global, state, and local missions. From talking about the 134th Air Refueling Wing’s 60-year history and its $172 million annual economic impact, to hearing about how they operate their ‘orbiting gas station’, this episode introduces you to military aviation and the people and aircraft that make each mission successful.

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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. (July 2, 2018)–The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) is pleased to announce that American Eagle, a regional partner of American Airlines, is beginning daily, nonstop service between McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Miami International Airport (MIA) on December 19, 2018.

All flights will be flown on 50-seat Embraer 145 jets. Below is the daily flight schedule:

“This schedule allows business travelers a full day in Miami with the option to catch a flight home in the evening.” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners.  “These flights also give travelers a nonstop flight into American’s hub at MIA, which offers an extensive network of flights to the Caribbean, Latin America, and South America making them great options for both business and leisure travelers.”

Miami joins 21 other nonstop destinations available from McGhee Tyson Airport. To view the full list of nonstop destinations, visit www.flyknoxville.com/destinations.

Flights are now available for purchase. To book a nonstop flight to Miami, visit www.aa.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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Aviation at the IslandRead more

In this episode, we discuss the diverse services and operations of Downtown Island Airport– aircraft maintenance, flight training schools, and helivac transport, just to name a few. Both guests featured in this episode are prior military aviators, general aviation pilots, and now work in airport operations management. Our guests share their background, opinions, and insight on general aviation and the important role it plays within local communities.

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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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Inside the Airport’s Aviation AcademyRead more

The Airport Authority hosts an annual Aviation Academy for community members to gain a behind-the-scenes look into general, military, and commercial airport operations. In this episode, we interview two recent Aviation Academy graduates as they share their favorite aspects of the class.

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The Energy Consumption and Environmental Impacts of AirportsRead more

In honor of Earth Day, this month’s podcast episode discusses the general impact airports have on the environment and how we at TYS try to decrease our energy consumption. Special thanks to our industry experts: Mark Heckroth, Project Manager in the Aviation Market at CHA Consulting and Ken Eckert, Facilities Manager at McGhee Tyson Airport.

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Airport TechnologyRead more

Airport technology is an essential aspect of the traveler experience and it is constantly evolving. In this episode, the Airport Authority’s technology staff give a brief overview of their responsibilities, talks about the obstacles of managing technology in an airport environment, and mentions upcoming trends to be looking for in the travel industry.

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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
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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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Arts in the AirportRead more

We’re kicking off this new year talking about art and how it pertains to the airport. Along with our guest speaker, Eddie Mannis— Chairman of the Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners, we discuss the current (and future!) art featured at TYS, unique art at airports around the world, and how art can impact your airport experience.

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2017: A Year in ReviewRead more

With another year behind us, Bill Marrison, President of the Airport Authority, joins us to discuss all that happened at the airport in 2017, including new flights, once-in-a-lifetime events, and record-breaking passenger numbers.

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Holiday Travel Tips from TYS and TSARead more

The holidays are upon us, which means it’s one of the busiest times of the year at the airport. This episode features a special guest from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and discusses need-to-know travel tips to make your experience through McGhee Tyson Airport and the TSA Security Checkpoint easy and efficient.

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Ensuring Public SafetyRead more

From assisting travelers in medical emergencies to assisting in Presidential visits, the Public Safety Department at McGhee Tyson Airport is critical to passenger safety and the continuous operations of the airport. Listen as a Captain in the Public Safety Department tells about the training and experience it takes to be a police, fire, and medically-trained airport officer.

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Vegetation ManagementRead more

In this episode, we discuss vegetation management, also known as mowing and lawn care maintenance. We bring in three special guests from the airport staff, Richard Good, Rob Wilson, and Trevis Gardner, to discuss what all goes in to mowing thousands of acres around active runways and secured areas. Please note that due the the amount of guests in this podcast, the sound quality varies among speakers.

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Air Service 101Read more

Have you ever wondered what all goes in to recruiting new airlines to an airport? In this episode, special guest Jim Evans, Vice President of Marketing and Air Service Development at TYS, talks about how his department attracts and retains new airlines and new destinations for McGhee Tyson Airport.

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The Business of AirportsRead more

This episode features an overview of airport finances, discusses airport revenues and expenses, and explains a recent parking garage equipment upgrade at McGhee Tyson Airport.

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)Read more

In this episode, we talk with special guests from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and learn more about their organization’s mission as well as what passengers should do when traveling with children, vaulting poles, firearms, The Walking Dead souvenirs, and more!

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A Review of 2016Read more

2016 was a busy year filled with many unique aviation experiences at McGhee Tyson Airport. In this episode, we’ll touch on a few of the year’s highlights and also discuss what’s to come in 2017.

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Winter Weather PreparationsRead more

In this episode, we speak with the Vice President of Operations at McGhee Tyson Airport and hear what the operations department does to make sure the airport is open and operational during winter weather events.

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Holiday Travel TipsRead more

The holidays are one of the busiest travel times of the year at McGhee Tyson Airport. This episode mentions important information and tips that will make your holiday travels more enjoyable.

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Airfield Modernization ProjectRead more

This episode highlights one of the biggest construction projects in the airport’s history: the Airfield Modernization Project. Special guest Bryan White, Vice President of Engineering.

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Current Airport ConstructionRead more

This episode highlights a current construction project at McGhee Tyson Airport: the water feature renovation. We bring in a special guest to talk about the project timeline, its benefits, and interesting findings on the job site.

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Fall Podcast PreviewRead more

In this episode, we look back at the Smoky Mountain Air Show and the donations made to several community organizations, including HonorAir Knoxville. We also tease the upcoming fall podcast line-up.

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A Review of 2015Read more

2015 was an exciting year at McGhee Tyson Airport. In this episode, we’ll talk about some of the highlights, and what to expect in 2016.

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Honor Air KnoxvilleRead more

In this episode, we’ll talk about HonorAir Knoxville, which is the community partner for the Smoky Mountain Air Show. This episode features a special guest: Eddie Mannis, Founder of HonorAir Knoxville. He gives insight of how HonorAir became what it is today and shares a few of his favorite HonorAir stories. More information can be found at http://www.honorairknoxville.com.

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Welcome To The AirportRead more

In this episode we discuss why we have created this podcast and what to expect in future episodes.

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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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Selling Our Story to CirrusRead more

Recruiting businesses to East Tennessee (and more-specifically recruiting companies to do business on airport property) is a full-time job. The Knoxville Chamber (and many other local organizations) is tasked with selling Knoxville to businesses around the world in hopes that they bring more jobs and revenue to East Tennessee. In this episode, Doug Lawyer, Vice President of Economic Development for the Knoxville Chamber, discusses what all went into recruiting Cirrus Aircraft to TYS. He also talks about the status of our region and shares examples of many other businesses that have decided to call East Tennessee home. Music in this episode: Birdy by KV https://soundcloud.com/kvmusicprod // Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b… // Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/dSCbsObNJo0

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Inside ‘The Cirrus Life’Read more

In 2015, Cirrus Aircraft announced they were naming Knoxville as the location of their Vision Center. Fast-forward three years later, and because of their increased presence and operations, 38% of all single-engine piston aircraft in the world were delivered in Knoxville. Hear from Stephen Deucker, Vice President of Owner Experience and General Manager of the Vision Center at Cirrus Aircraft, as he explains why they chose Knoxville as their home and how ‘The Cirrus Life’ is redefining aviation. // Music in this episode: Birdy by KV https://soundcloud.com/kvmusicprod // Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b… // Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/dSCbsObNJo0

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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
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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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Military Aviation at TYS: Delivering ‘Beans, Beds, and Bullets’Read more

For this month’s episode, we took our podcast on the road and visited the Tennessee Air National Guard Base, which is located across the runway from TYS. We spoke with the Wing Commander and the Vice Wing Commander of the 134th Air Refueling Wing and learned more about their global, state, and local missions. From talking about the 134th Air Refueling Wing’s 60-year history and its $172 million annual economic impact, to hearing about how they operate their ‘orbiting gas station’, this episode introduces you to military aviation and the people and aircraft that make each mission successful.

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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. (July 2, 2018)–The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) is pleased to announce that American Eagle, a regional partner of American Airlines, is beginning daily, nonstop service between McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Miami International Airport (MIA) on December 19, 2018.

All flights will be flown on 50-seat Embraer 145 jets. Below is the daily flight schedule:

“This schedule allows business travelers a full day in Miami with the option to catch a flight home in the evening.” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners.  “These flights also give travelers a nonstop flight into American’s hub at MIA, which offers an extensive network of flights to the Caribbean, Latin America, and South America making them great options for both business and leisure travelers.”

Miami joins 21 other nonstop destinations available from McGhee Tyson Airport. To view the full list of nonstop destinations, visit www.flyknoxville.com/destinations.

Flights are now available for purchase. To book a nonstop flight to Miami, visit www.aa.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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Aviation at the IslandRead more

In this episode, we discuss the diverse services and operations of Downtown Island Airport– aircraft maintenance, flight training schools, and helivac transport, just to name a few. Both guests featured in this episode are prior military aviators, general aviation pilots, and now work in airport operations management. Our guests share their background, opinions, and insight on general aviation and the important role it plays within local communities.

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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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Inside the Airport’s Aviation AcademyRead more

The Airport Authority hosts an annual Aviation Academy for community members to gain a behind-the-scenes look into general, military, and commercial airport operations. In this episode, we interview two recent Aviation Academy graduates as they share their favorite aspects of the class.

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The Energy Consumption and Environmental Impacts of AirportsRead more

In honor of Earth Day, this month’s podcast episode discusses the general impact airports have on the environment and how we at TYS try to decrease our energy consumption. Special thanks to our industry experts: Mark Heckroth, Project Manager in the Aviation Market at CHA Consulting and Ken Eckert, Facilities Manager at McGhee Tyson Airport.

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Airport TechnologyRead more

Airport technology is an essential aspect of the traveler experience and it is constantly evolving. In this episode, the Airport Authority’s technology staff give a brief overview of their responsibilities, talks about the obstacles of managing technology in an airport environment, and mentions upcoming trends to be looking for in the travel industry.

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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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Arts in the AirportRead more

We’re kicking off this new year talking about art and how it pertains to the airport. Along with our guest speaker, Eddie Mannis— Chairman of the Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners, we discuss the current (and future!) art featured at TYS, unique art at airports around the world, and how art can impact your airport experience.

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2017: A Year in ReviewRead more

With another year behind us, Bill Marrison, President of the Airport Authority, joins us to discuss all that happened at the airport in 2017, including new flights, once-in-a-lifetime events, and record-breaking passenger numbers.

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The holidays are upon us, which means it’s one of the busiest times of the year at the airport. This episode features a special guest from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and discusses need-to-know travel tips to make your experience through McGhee Tyson Airport and the TSA Security Checkpoint easy and efficient.

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Ensuring Public SafetyRead more

From assisting travelers in medical emergencies to assisting in Presidential visits, the Public Safety Department at McGhee Tyson Airport is critical to passenger safety and the continuous operations of the airport. Listen as a Captain in the Public Safety Department tells about the training and experience it takes to be a police, fire, and medically-trained airport officer.

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Vegetation ManagementRead more

In this episode, we discuss vegetation management, also known as mowing and lawn care maintenance. We bring in three special guests from the airport staff, Richard Good, Rob Wilson, and Trevis Gardner, to discuss what all goes in to mowing thousands of acres around active runways and secured areas. Please note that due the the amount of guests in this podcast, the sound quality varies among speakers.

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Air Service 101Read more

Have you ever wondered what all goes in to recruiting new airlines to an airport? In this episode, special guest Jim Evans, Vice President of Marketing and Air Service Development at TYS, talks about how his department attracts and retains new airlines and new destinations for McGhee Tyson Airport.

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The Business of AirportsRead more

This episode features an overview of airport finances, discusses airport revenues and expenses, and explains a recent parking garage equipment upgrade at McGhee Tyson Airport.

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)Read more

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A Review of 2016Read more

2016 was a busy year filled with many unique aviation experiences at McGhee Tyson Airport. In this episode, we’ll touch on a few of the year’s highlights and also discuss what’s to come in 2017.

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Winter Weather PreparationsRead more

In this episode, we speak with the Vice President of Operations at McGhee Tyson Airport and hear what the operations department does to make sure the airport is open and operational during winter weather events.

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Holiday Travel TipsRead more

The holidays are one of the busiest travel times of the year at McGhee Tyson Airport. This episode mentions important information and tips that will make your holiday travels more enjoyable.

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Airfield Modernization ProjectRead more

This episode highlights one of the biggest construction projects in the airport’s history: the Airfield Modernization Project. Special guest Bryan White, Vice President of Engineering.

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Current Airport ConstructionRead more

This episode highlights a current construction project at McGhee Tyson Airport: the water feature renovation. We bring in a special guest to talk about the project timeline, its benefits, and interesting findings on the job site.

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Fall Podcast PreviewRead more

In this episode, we look back at the Smoky Mountain Air Show and the donations made to several community organizations, including HonorAir Knoxville. We also tease the upcoming fall podcast line-up.

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A Review of 2015Read more

2015 was an exciting year at McGhee Tyson Airport. In this episode, we’ll talk about some of the highlights, and what to expect in 2016.

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Honor Air KnoxvilleRead more

In this episode, we’ll talk about HonorAir Knoxville, which is the community partner for the Smoky Mountain Air Show. This episode features a special guest: Eddie Mannis, Founder of HonorAir Knoxville. He gives insight of how HonorAir became what it is today and shares a few of his favorite HonorAir stories. More information can be found at http://www.honorairknoxville.com.

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