The Greenville Downtown Airport, whose airport identifier code is GMU, is located in the scenic Upstate of South Carolina. GMU is convenient to all of Greenville's premier destinations. The Bon Secours Wellness Arena (formerly BI-LO Center ), the Peace Center, and the vibrant downtown area are only a five-minute drive away. Shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants are located just a few blocks from GMU. The TD Convention Center and The Phoenix-Greenville's Inn are located right next door, within walking distance of the airport.
Greenville County recently showed its pro-business approach by lowering the tax rate applicable to aircraft by more than sixty percent (60%). The Commission has attractive real estate available for future aviation and non-aviation development at GMU. For hassle-free access to the Upstate or a great place to operate a business, GMU is the "Corporate Gateway to Greenville."
A recently completed statewide economic impact study for all of South Carolina's airports revealed that the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) has a significant economic impact:
Total Employment - 453 jobs
Total Payroll - $13.4 million
Total Economic Impact = $35.2 million
The report notes that GMU is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina with nearly 80,000 take-offs and landings annually and more than 245 based aircraft. This modern, attractive facility offers a full-range of aviation services that support the Upstate's thriving business environment.
Over the past ten years, the Greenville Airport Commission has completed these major improvements to the Greenville Downtown Airport:
- Installed taxiway lights on Taxiways C & D (formerly had reflectors)
- Updated taxiway designations to comply with current FAA standards
- Installed all new airfield signage that complies with current FAA standards and new taxiway designations
- Installed MALSF approach lights for Runway 1
- Overlayed and grooved Runway 1-19
- Installed distance-to-go signs on Runway 1-19
- Installed 4-box PAPI systems at both ends of Runway 1-19
- Overlayed Taxiway A and connecting taxiways
- Installed an Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) at the end of Runway 1
- Created designated helicopter landing areas and marked taxi lanes on the south aircraft apron
- Doubled the width of all hold lines to make them more visible, thereby improving safety
- Installed airport security fencing
- Overlayed northwest aircraft parking apron
- Installed enhanced taxiway markings
- Overlayed southwest aircraft parking apron
- Updated EMAS with the latest technology