Our favorite social media posts from this month feature celebrity selfies, eclipse glasses, and UT football. Thanks to all of our travelers and guests for making August another month to remember at TYS!
On Monday, August 21, McGhee Tyson Airport was in the Path of Totality for the 2017 Eclipse, which offered an once-in-a-lifetime experience for our travelers and employees.
We knew that this was going to be an unforgettable experience for our employees and everyone that works in and around the airport, but what we didn’t expect was that travelers and people in the community would think of the airport as a viewing destination.
We had travelers fly in to TYS just to watch and photograph the Eclipse and then catch a plane to fly right back home. We had families picnic in our lawns, people park in the top level of our parking garage, and we even had travelers that were past the TSA Security Checkpoint view the Eclipse through our skylights (which I thought was the most unique!).
Many travelers and guests photographed and videoed their experience too. Check a few of them out below:
Here’s to enjoying more once-in-a-lifetime experiences at TYS!
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). This year marks the twenty-fourth 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.
“Year after year, our comprehensive annual financial report serves as the basis 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 as well as our external auditors for continuing to create an award-winning report that is both comprehensive and accurate in its presentation of our organization’s financial situation.”
To view previous MKAA CAFRs, please click here.
A vehicle rehabilitation project completed by the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA)’s Operations Division was awarded the “2017 Golden Light Award” for Airport Management Innovations & Ideas on March 21, 2017 at the Annual Tennessee Airports Conference in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
The award-winning project began in October 2016 when the MKAA purchased two military dump trucks at a Blount County Highway Department auction. MKAA hired a local mechanical design and automotive engineering firm, APTUS DesignWorks Inc., to assist with designs to reconstruct the vehicles with airport industry snowplows, hydraulic systems and airfield safety equipment. A combination of MKAA Operations Staff and several local equipment companies completed a wide-range of tasks in order to make the two trucks ready for Airfield Maintenance Fleet use at McGhee Tyson Airport. These tasks included painting, fabrication, systems installation, component upgrades and inspections.
“The total cost of this rehabilitation project was approximately $100,000 for both trucks, and in comparison, the cost to acquire new commercial trucks with similar capabilities would have been approximately $550,000,” said Trevis Gardner, Vice President of Operations for the MKAA. “This rehabilitation project has allowed us to move a 1978-model truck into fleet reserve and add two newer models into our rotation, which are much easier to operate and more economical to maintain.”
The project was completed in March 2017, and the newly-reconstructed trucks now serve as runway plow trucks for snow and ice events, deicer spreaders for snow and ice control, general-purpose dump trucks and towing trailers for heavy transport.
For more information, check out the project’s fact sheet here.
One of the useful new features on FlyKnoxville.com is a Total Trip Cost Calculator designed as a starting point to help you get a general idea of costs for your next vacation. It will calculate the average airfare, lowest available parking, and an estimated mileage cost associated with the destination of your choice. Your calculated trip results from McGhee Tyson Airport will then be compared to other area airports. It’s a great tool to give you an idea of how to budget for your upcoming adventures.
When using the calculator, you will need to know the three-letter airport code of your desired destination. For example, McGhee Tyson Airport’s is TYS. Check out a list of airport codes here.
Please keep in mind that this calculator is just a starting point. It gives you the average airfare and costs associated with your trip. To take a look at specific airfare costs and flight schedules, visit these airlines serving TYS.
This calculator is an easy four-step process. Simply fill in the information in the step-by-step prompts to yield your cost estimate.
Step One: Airfare
Enter the three-letter airport code of your desired destination. Select a departure date and return date for round-trip information, or select only a departure date for a one-way flight estimate. Note that flight costs fluctuate seasonally and are regulated by the airlines.
Step Two: Starting Point
Enter your address, or the address you will depart from to travel to the airport, for an estimated fuel cost. The calculator program does not record any personal information. The information provided is only used to generate an accurate cost estimate.
Step Three: Additional options
If you are planning to leave a vehicle at the airport, enter the number of days your vehicle will be parked. The program is designed to automatically choose the least expensive parking option. The second prompt on step three is optional and not required for you to move forward with your trip calculation. It allows you to input your annual income to show you the value of your time spent in transport to the airport of your choice. Again, this information is not recorded. It is a feature available to help you get a comprehensive understanding of the travel costs associated with your trip.
Step Four: Results
The final page will display your cost estimate results for McGhee Tyson Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and Nashville International Airport. The large number is an estimated cost for your flight. “Fuel” estimates the cost of fuel to travel from the address you entered to that specific airport. “Parking” shows you the lowest price option for leaving your vehicle at each airport for the number of days you noted in Step Three. If you chose to enter your annual salary, “Your Time” gives you an idea of the value of your time spent driving to each of the airport options.
We hope that this Trip Cost Calculator helps you begin planning your next getaway. If you have any questions about the results you get while using this calculator, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!