When it comes to air travel in the Knoxville metropolitan area, McGhee Tyson Airport takes the cake as the top airport in East Tennessee. A mix of commercial airlines, cargo, and military aviation call McGhee Tyson home. Located just 12 miles of downtown Knoxville, the 2,000 acre property is equipped with 9,000 feet of runway space.
Federal Express (FedEx) and United Parcel Service (UPS) are stalwarts of the McGhee Tyson airport, and combined they account for almost 90% of the airport’s air freight market. Additionally, the Tennessee Air National Guard’s 134th Air Refueling Group is located at McGhee Tyson. Currently, an estimated 2,700 employees are on the airport payroll.
About a decade ago, the airport underwent a massive renovation that brought many additions such as two new concourses, gates, elevators, escalators, ticket counters, restrooms, gift shops, and the first Ruby Tuesday in an airport anywhere in the United States. Much to the pleasure of the Knoxville movers and other Tennessee residents, the airport currently has 7 major airlines with services to 21 non-stop destinations operating 120 arrivals and departures every day.
So whether you live in Knoxville and are looking for a weekend getaway, or you're plotting a move to Knoxville and want to fly in and visit, the McGhee Tyson Airport is the place to be.