"It's more efficient for the rental car companies themselves," said GSP Vice President Kevin Howell. "Today, they have to staff two locations. They staff the terminal, as well as the garage. This will enable them to be more efficient with their staff and it's easier for customers."
The move will open up room for a new baggage claim area.
By the time it's over, GSP will have a new look that features natural light and wooden accents. The new design will not only update the existing infrastructure of the airport, like the lighting and electrical systems, but also add green technologies, like solar power and reuse of rainwater.
Edwards said the update is essential to serving the nearly 1 million passengers who use GSP now, and preparing for the nearly two million expected within 20 years.
"We wanted to prepare long-term for what we thought was an opportunity to grow this airport in the future and support economic development in the Upstate," Edwards said.
Diana Noble, a GSP passenger from Buffalo, said the airport does need more restaurants.
"When I was walking out I didn't see actually anywhere I could eat," Noble said. "So that would be good if there's more restaurants."
Deb Ashton, also a passenger from Buffalo, agreed.
"It would be nice to see a Starbucks or something like that," she said.
The renovation project, dubbed "Wingspan," will use a website (elevatingtheupstate.com) to communicate updates to passengers during the renovations.
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