- Bishop International Airport
name = Bishop International Airport
image-width = 250
IATA = FNT
ICAO = KFNT
type = Public
operator = Bishop International Airport Authority
city-served = Flint,
elevation-f = 782
elevation-m = 238.4
coordinates = Coord|42|57|56|N|083|44|37|W|type:airport|display=inline
website = [http://www.bishopairport.org/ www.bishopairport.org]
r1-number = 18/36
r1-length-f = 7,849
r1-length-m = 2,392
r2-number = 9/27
r2-length-f = 7,201
r2-length-m = 2,195
r2-surface = Asphalt
r3-number = 5/23
r3-length-f = 3,923
r3-length-m = 1,196
r3-surface = Asphalt/
Bishop International Airport Airport codes|FNT|KFNT is a rapidly growing airport located in the city of
Flint, Michigan. It is the third busiest airport in Michigan, surpassing competitor MBS International Airportin 2002. In 2007, 1,072,420 passengers used Bishop Airport. [ [http://www.bishopairport.org/pdfs/stats-year-end-2007.pdf Airport 2007 year end stats] ] There are currently six commercial airlines flying into and out of Flint today. It is also served by numerous cargo operators. Accompanying the airlines is a fixed base operator that handles both general aviation and airline operations as well as a flight school.
Bishop International Airport covers 1,550 acres (6 km²) and has three runways:
*Runway 18/36: 7,849 x 150 ft. (2,391 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt/Concrete
*Runway 9/27: 7,201 x 150 ft. (2,195 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
*Runway 5/23: 4,253 x 150 ft. (1,296 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt/Concrete
Airlines and destinations
AirTran AirwaysGates 4, 5 (Atlanta, Fort Myers [seasonal] , Orlando, Tampa)
American AirlinesGate 3
Continental AirlinesGate 7
Continental Connectionoperated by CommutAir(Cleveland)
Delta AirlinesGate 6
Delta Connectionoperated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines(Atlanta)
Midwest AirlinesGate 4
Midwest Connectoperated by SkyWest Airlines(Milwaukee)
Northwest AirlinesGates 1, 2, 8 (Detroit, Orlando [seasonal] )
Northwest Airlinkoperated by Mesaba Airlines(Detroit)
Northwest Airlinkoperated by Pinnacle Airlines(Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia)
Air traffic and passenger numbers have grown since AirTran started service in the early 2000s. At a time when passenger numbers dropped around the US, Flint's Bishop Airport was one of only a few airports to show growth.Fact|date=April 2007 Passengers from the
Detroitarea were choosing Flint because of low fares and conveniences including short check-in and security lines and a hassle-free terminal building. Fact|date=April 2007 In 2002, Flint bypassed MBS International Airportin Saginaw, Michigan to carrying more passengers to more destinations. Fact|date=April 2007 Flint has also gone over some recent baggage claim extensions adding two more carousels bringing the total number to four.
Today, there is a great variety of airlines that fly their aircraft to many destinations from Flint. As a result of the popularity of some Flint-based routes, competition has sparked among airlines. AirTran and Northwest Airlines are a great example. In 2005, AirTran announced service to Fort Myers. A day later, Northwest announced the same service.Fact|date=April 2007 Two days after Northwest's announcement, AirTran also announced nonstop flights from Flint to Las Vegas service starting a day before Northwest's planned start, and a 20-minute earlier departure. Fact|date=April 2007 AirTran discontinued nonstop service to Las Vegas June 24, 2008, blaming the high price of Jet-A fuel.
In 2005 and 2006, Flint resumed operation to Chicago O'Hare on
American Eagle. In September 2007, American Eagle added a non-stop flight to Dallas Fort Worth. In November 2007, a non-stop flight to New York's LaGuardia airport was added by both American Eagle and Northwest Airlink, a subsidiary of Northwest Airlines. American Eagle stopped the flight to LaGuardia April 1, 2008.
American Eagle plans to terminate service to Dallas-Fort Worth and drop one daily flight to Chicago-O'Hare on September 28, 2008.
In addition to airline operations, Flint's Bishop International Airport is also becoming a notable player in the air cargo industry. With nearby connections to two major interstates and one U.S. highway, in addition to numerous rail lines, a cargo hub is in development at Bishop Airport that is hoped to become a major factor for the area's industry.
Flint has been served by three major cargo operators, including
Federal Express, Airborne Express, and DHL. Milwaukee-based Skyway Airlines began cargo operations out of Flint in early 2008, adding to the list of cargo operators at Bishop Airport.
* [http://www.bishopairport.org/ Bishop International Airport] - Official Website
* [http://www.avflightflint.com/ AvFlight Flint] - Fixed Base Operator
* [http://www.americanwingsaviation.com/ American Wings Aviation] - Bishop Airport Flight School
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