A Word From Our Director
I have witnessed quite a few growth periods in the 34 years I’ve been here at SAV, but none have come close to the growth period that took place in 2022. Not only did we add new airlines, but existing carriers added a great deal of capacity as well. This resulted in double-digit growth in the number of passengers using our facilities, which strained our ability to process everyone, but process them we did. From landside access, to parking, to curbside, to check-in, to screening, to concessions, to boarding, our team was put to the test day-in and day-out. Our workforce rose to the challenge and found a way to achieve success daily. Andrew Carnegie once said, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision which is the fuel that allows people to attain uncommon results.” The SAV airport team did just that. They pulled together with a common vision of meeting the customers’ needs in a first-class manner, which resulted in exceptional results.
I continue to be amazed with how great our team is here at SAV. Both with direct employees and all the tenant employees that make up the airport ecosystem. This has allowed us to thrive as we build on our successes.
And now as we look forward, we know more growth is coming and numerous projects are underway to support that growth on all fronts, including:
- New security checkpoint
- Terminal expansion for four new gates
- New 300,000 sf air cargo complex
- New general aviation campus
- Expanded fuel farm
- 1,000 space parking lot addition
- Planning for new I-95 Interchange
In addition to all of this, we are also expecting another record year in terms of passengers in 2023. I know all of this sounds like a lot, and it is a lot, but I know our team is up to it. Together with a common vision, we will succeed. Together we will soar.
Gregory B. Kelly, A.A.E.
A Word From Our Chairman
On behalf of my fellow Commissioners, we want to congratulate and thank the entire airport staff for the extraordinary year the airport experienced. The type of success and progress that we achieved would not have been possible without the talent, dedication and hard work of the airport’s family of employees. We began the year with high hopes, and thanks to them, our highest expectations were exceeded.
It’s always impressive when an airport can add one new airline to their portfolio of air service in one calendar year, but it is extremely rare to have two new airlines begin service in a single year. That said, we achieved that, along with a significant increase in capacity by our existing carriers. This success in adding service and capacity helped us achieve a record year for enplanements, finishing just under 1.8M. It is a phenomenal accomplishment to realize that we have grown our enplanements by almost 1M passengers in the past 10 years.
Air service development is very important to us and is, in many ways, the lifeblood of the airport terminal. However, the airport itself is much larger than its airline passenger service.
With demand continuing to accelerate for our air cargo operations, we have prioritized that sector of the airport for significant expansion. We are well underway to bring online a new and much larger air cargo complex in 2024. We completed the apron for this expansion in 2022 and expect to begin construction on the new air cargo complex in 2023. We believe this will be a game changer for us and our region in terms of economic impact, and have confidence that the air cargo needs of Hyundai and their suppliers will contribute to that expansion.
This past year also saw our city and region join together to keep the 165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard fully funded and based at the airport. A coalition of Savannah’s elected officials, concerned citizens and energized business community joined together to successfully lobby to keep the unit in Savannah and at the airport, but also identified ways to expand their value and mission.
In the face of all the growth and prosperity in our part of the State, Gulfstream remains our top partner at the airport, and we worked hard in 2022 to clear the path for their next expansion. The recently announced $150M expansion will create 1,600 new aeronautical jobs here at SAV with more to come. This expansion further solidifies our airport complex as the Worldwide Headquarters for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.
We were honored, once again, to be selected by the readers of the two most prestigious travel publications, Condé Nast and Travel & Leisure, as the NUMBER ONE airport in the U.S. in 2022. Accomplishments and accolades like these do not happen on their own. They happen because we continue to have a great team here that comes together to make big things happen. We look forward to continued success in 2023.
Stephen S. Green
Airline Market Share
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2022 Total Operating Revenue: $42,316,667
Year in Review 2022
Air Service Announcements
Two New Airlines Begin Service to SAV
Airlines & Nonstop Destinations
*As of December 31, 2022
Christmas Trees Recycled
Cardboard Bales Recylced
Tin/White Goods Recylced
#2 Heavy Melting Scrap Recycled
Used Oil Recycled
Crushed Lamps Recycled
Awards & Accolades
Mr. Stephen S. Green
Mrs. Shirley B. James
Mr. Randy Houston
Mr. Lowell Kronowitz
Mr. Ted Kleisner
Provided through the link below are the financial statements of the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport for the year ending December 31, 2022. These financial statements are provided by management and are for information only. As of the publication date of this report, the audit of the 2022 financials is still in progress.
The following statements are being provided:
- Statements of Net Position
- Statements of Revenues, Expenses & Changes in Net Position
Questions concerning the financial statements and any other information provided should be directed to:
Gregory B. Kelly, A.A.E. Executive Director
Savannah Airport Commission
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