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Bishop International Airport

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Bishop International Airport
BIA Flint Bishop Airport logo 2021.png
Bishop International Airport Air Traffic Control Tower.JPG
Bishop International Airport air traffic control tower in 2012
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorBishop International Airport Authority
ServesFlint, Michigan
Location3425 W. Bristol Road
Flint, Michigan, 48507
United States
Focus city forAllegiant Air[1]
Elevation AMSL782 ft / 238 m
Coordinates42°57′56″N 83°44′37″W / 42.96556°N 83.74361°W / 42.96556; -83.74361
FNT is located in Michigan
Location of the airport in Michigan, United States
FNT is located in the United States
FNT (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 7,849 2,392 Asphalt
09/27 7,201 2,195 Asphalt
Statistics (12 months ending July 2021 except where noted)
Aircraft operations (2019)30,201
Based aircraft (2021)93
Total passengers served396,000
Departing passengers199,000
Scheduled flights4,073
Cargo handled31 million lbs.

Bishop International Airport (IATA: FNT, ICAO: KFNT, FAA LID: FNT) is a commercial and general aviation airport located in Flint, Michigan, United States. It is named after banker and General Motors board member Arthur Giles Bishop (April 12, 1851 – January 22, 1944), who donated 220 acres of his farmland for the airport in 1928.[4][5]

The third busiest airport in Michigan after those of Detroit and Grand Rapids, it surpassed competitor MBS near Saginaw in terms of airline operations in 2002. In 2007, 1,071,238 passengers used Bishop International Airport; in 2011, 938,914 passengers used the airport.[6][needs update]

It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2021–2025, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[7]

Flint is served by American Eagle, Allegiant Air, and United Express with passenger flights to 13 cities across the United States, plus FedEx Express and its subsidiary FedEx Feeder for freight. It became a focus city for Allegiant on February 19, 2022.[1]


In 1928, the Arthur Giles Bishop family gave to the City of Flint 220 acres for aeronautical purposes. The city-operated Bishop Airport until 1987 when the city and Genesee County formed the Bishop International Airport Authority to run the airport.[8]

The renovation and expansion of the terminal, originally built in 1993, was designed by Reynolds, Smith & Hills.[9]


The airport is currently served by three passenger airlines: Allegiant Air operates mainline service out of the airport, and regional services are provided by affiliates of United Express and American Eagle. Additionally, FedEx Express and CSA Air (a FedEx Feeder affiliate) operate cargo services out of the airport. Accompanying the airlines is fixed-base operator Av Flight that handles both general aviation and airline operations.[10] Also based at the airport are flight schools Greater Flint Pilots Association, American Wings Aviation, and Crosswinds Aviation.[11][12][13] It is in southwestern Flint, and is surrounded by Flint Township to the north, east and west; and Mundy Township to the south.

Southwest Airlines briefly served Flint following their merger with AirTran in 2014. Southwest offered daily Boeing 737 flights from Flint to Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa and Baltimore before dropping them and serving only Chicago Midway airport in 2016.[14] While flights to Midway were full, Southwest did not see adequate profit from the short flight[15] and ceased service to Flint in 2018.[16]

After Southwest's service downgrade in 2016, Allegiant Air saw the demand in Flint for low cost flights to popular tourist destinations and began service to Orlando/Sanford and Tampa/Clearwater – St. Petersburg in 2016. The success of those routes led to additional service to Ft. Myers – Punta Gorda, Florida,[17] in 2018 and seasonal service to both Ft. Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach.[18]

Although Allegiant was a welcome to passengers at Flint, the lack of daily flights that Southwest had offered plus the Delta Connection cancellation of their twice daily Minneapolis flight,[19] led Flint to their lowest passenger numbers in over a decade.[20] Statistics from the airport for 2018 show the number of passengers boarding flights at Bishop down about 10 percent: from 400,781 in 2017 to 360,609 in 2018, the lowest number of departing flights from Flint since 2002.[20] Allegiant Air added service between Flint and Nashville on June 5, 2020.[21] On November 17, 2020, Allegiant announced it would begin service between Flint and Las Vegas, starting March 4, 2021.[22] Allegiant has announced it will offer service to Boston and Jacksonville, Florida starting in March 2022.[23] On February 1, 2022, Allegiant later announced it will begin serve between Flint and Savannah, Georgia beginning April 15, 2022.[24]

Despite the 2018 results, early 2019 saw Allegiant become the number-one air carrier in Flint, carrying 41 percent of Flint's passengers in February.[25] Envoy Air (as American Eagle) also started a fourth daily flight to Chicago O'Hare[26] and PSA Airlines (as American Eagle) announced on April 11, 2019, twice daily service to Charlotte to begin in September 2019.[27]

Delta Air Lines announced it would indefinitely suspend flights to and from Flint due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on aviation. This leaves Delta loyalists to drive to either MBS International Airport near Saginaw or Detroit Metropolitan Airport to catch flights on Delta Air Lines or Delta Connection.[28]


In early February 2007, Bishop International Airport unveiled a comprehensive five-year developmental plan that would be slated for continuation through late 2011. The program called for two phases of "Intermodal Facility Development," including the expansion of the West Cargo Apron, what is now known as the Abex and Emory GVA Freight Ramp,[29] located on the airport's northwest side.

In May 2009, Bishop International Airport began Phase I of its Terminal Airside & Concourse Improvements program. Projects under this phase were developed in 2008. Included in this phase are upgrades to the terminal ramp, upon which the passenger concourse resides; the permanent closure and deconstruction of Runway 5/23; and the acquisition of new land for an envisioned Runway 09L/27R, which was scheduled to be designed in 2009 and constructed in 2010.

Runway 5/23 was closed permanently on May 4, 2009,[30] as progress continued in the Capital Improvement Program.

The renovation and expansion of the terminal, originally built in 1993, was designed by Reynolds, Smith & Hills.[31]

On April 24, 2012, the airport's board of directors approved a $1.348 million project to repair the airport's tarmac.[32] On September 19, 2012, it was announced that the Federal Aviation Administration approved a grant to fund the project.[33]

On October 6, 2012, a new Transportation Security Administration checkpoint opened in the terminal.[34]

The completed terminal was dedicated on November 13, 2012.[35]

The airport's board allocated an additional $10.9 million for upgrades in 2013 and 2014.[36]

On August 29, 2013, the airport received a $2.87 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which was used to repair taxiways and lighting and to buy a replacement snow truck.[37]

On September 28, 2017, the airport received a $4.302 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration which will be used to rehabilitate the pavement of Taxiway C, construct asphalt shoulders and install runway guard lights at each access point to the runway.[38]

On July 30, 2018, the FAA gave the airport a $4,012,542 grant for taxiway construction, rehabilitation and lighting.[39]

On June 5, 2019, the FAA gave the airport $8,056,505 for runway reconstruction, the addition of runway shoulders, and enhancements to the runway’s lighting system.[40]


Bishop International Airport covers 1,550 acres (6 km²) and has two runways:[2]

  • Runway 18/36: 7,849 x 150 ft. (2,392 x 46 m), surface: asphalt/concrete
  • Runway 09/27: 7,201 x 150 ft. (2,195 x 46 m), surface: asphalt

In 2019, the airport had 30,201 operations, an average of 83 aircraft operations per day: 62% general aviation, 29% scheduled commercial / air taxi, and less than 1% military. In November 2021, there were 93 aircraft based at this airport: 70 single-engine, 21 multi-engine, and two jet aircraft.[2]

Airlines and destinations


Allegiant Air Boston,[23] Jacksonville,[23] Las Vegas,[22] Nashville, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, Punta Gorda, Savannah,[24] St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota
American Eagle Charlotte (ends September 6, 2022), Chicago–O'Hare
United Express Chicago–O'Hare

Source:[41][better source needed]


FedEx Express Memphis
Seasonal: Indianapolis
FedEx Feeder Alpena
Seasonal: Gaylord



Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from FNT (April 2021 - March 2022)[3]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago, Illinois 72,000 American, United
2 Charlotte, North Carolina 52,000 American
3 Punta Gorda, Florida 36,000 Allegiant
4 St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida 34,000 Allegiant
5 Orlando/Sanford, Florida 33,000 Allegiant
6 Sarasota–Bradenton, Florida 16,000 Allegiant
7 Las Vegas, Nevada 13,000 Allegiant
8 Nashville, Tennessee 7,000 Allegiant
9 Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona 6,000 Allegiant
10 Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida 4,000 Allegiant

Carrier shares

Carrier shares (April 2021 - March 2022)[3]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Envoy Air
Air Wisconsin

2020 was Bishop's worst year since 2002, with departures down about 42 percent: from 597,000 in 2019 to 346,000 in 2020. This was largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3]

Ground transportation

Bishop International Airport is accessible from I-69, I-75/US-23 and I-475 at Bristol Road. The airport is also served by a bus line operated by the Flint Mass Transportation Authority, local taxi services, and Uber which operates in the Flint area. Several car rental agencies are also available at the airport.[42]

Airport Authority Board

The Bishop International Airport Authority (BIAA) is the joint public authority created by Genesee County and the city of Flint to run Bishop International Airport. The Authority Board has nine members appointed to three-year terms.[43] BIAA operates the airport's public safety and maintenance departments.

On January 27, 2014, airport director Jim Rice retired after 24 years of service.[44] The service drive in front of the airport that leads to the terminal and front parking lot has since been renamed in his honor. The board later named Craig Williams, former Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority board member, as his successor on July 22, 2014.[45]

Accidents and incidents

  • On May 18, 1935, a Ford Trimotor operated by Knowles Flying Service crash landed at Flint-Bishop Airport due to fuel starvation. Two passengers and a pilot died out of the 12 on board.[46]
  • On January 6, 1977, a Learjet 23 operated by Jet Avia crashed while on a runway 27 localizer back course approach in snow and a low ceiling. A failure to maintain airspeed was the probable cause. Both occupants were killed.[47]
  • On November 16, 2011, a Piaggio P.180 Avanti operating as Avantair Flight 168 (Detroit Metro to West Bend Municipal, tail number N168SL[48]) crashed upon landing due to an engine failure. The plane was damaged beyond repair, but everyone aboard survived with only minor injuries.[49][50]
  • On December 12, 2011, four people from Saginaw were arrested at Bishop International Airport trying to smuggle 122 pounds (55 kg) of marijuana from Phoenix.[51]
  • On June 21, 2017, airport police lieutenant Jeff Neville was stabbed in the neck by a man who shouted "Allahu Akbar" while doing so.[52][53] A Tunisian-born Canadian man, Amor Ftouhi, was arrested at the scene as a suspect. Neville survived the attack. The attack was condemned by the Canadian government.[54] Ftouhi was found guilty of three federal counts in November 2018. He was sentenced to life in prison in April 2019.[55]
  • On January 18, 2019, it was reported that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality had found elevated levels of PFAS in groundwater at the airport.[56]



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  2. ^ a b c FAA Airport Form 5010 for FNT PDF, effective November 4, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "Flint International (FNT) Summary Statistics". Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  4. ^ Fly through Bishop Airport history with 46 old photos The Flint Journal via, March 5, 2015
  5. ^ Picture History of Flint: U.S. Bicentennial Edition, Edited by Lawrence R. Gustin, Published in 1976 by The Flint Journal, ISBN 0-8028-7036-8
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  11. ^ American Wings Aviation - Flint, Michigan Archived April 20, 2017, at the Wayback Machine Pilot Career Center
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  13. ^ "Greater Flint Pilots Association | Flying Club in Flint, Michigan | GFPA". Greater Flint Pilots Association.
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  16. ^ "Southwest Airlines pulls plug on flights from Flint". November 2, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
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  22. ^ a b "Allegiant Announces Major Service Expansion With 15 New, Nonstop Routes, Two New Cities | Allegiant Travel Company".
  23. ^ a b c Flint Bishop Airport announces new routes to Boston and Jacksonville WEYI-TV, December 7, 2021
  24. ^ a b Jeltema, Ryan. Allegiant announces new flight from Flint to Georgia, ABC 12 News, February 1, 2022, retrieved 2022-02-01
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  26. ^ "United Airlines adds a new afternoon flight from Flint to Chicago". Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  27. ^ Laine, Carrie. "Bishop International Airport announces new flights". WNEM Saginaw. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  28. ^ Pallini, Thomas. "Delta says it will stop flying to 11 US cities indefinitely — here's the full list". Business Insider. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  29. ^ "FAA Bishop International Airport Airport Diagram" (PDF).
  30. ^ FNT NOTAM 05/006 "RWY 5/23 CLSD PERM. WIE UNTIL UFN. CREATED: 04 MAY 12:34 2009"
  31. ^ Security process at Bishop International airport eases for seniors The Flint Journal via June 1, 2012
  32. ^ Flint Bishop International Airport board approves $1.3 million repair of tarmac The Flint Journal via, April 24, 2012
  33. ^ Federal $1.4 million grant for Bishop International Airport will help pay for pavement The Flint Journal via, September 19, 2012
  34. ^ Bishop International Airport opens new TSA checkpoint as part of $16.8 million renovation project The Flint Journal via, October 6, 2012
  35. ^ Bishop International Airport to hold dedication for $16.8 million addition The Flint Journal via, November 12, 2012
  36. ^ Bishop International Airport looks to make $10.9 million in improvements for next two years The Flint Journal via, December 1, 2012
  37. ^ Flint's Bishop International Airport gets $2.9 million US grant WNEM-TV, August 29, 2013
  38. ^ Bishop International Airport to receive $4 million grant WEYI-TV (NBC 25), September 28, 2017
  39. ^ Bishop Airport gets $4 million in federal grants for improvements The Flint Journal via, August 1, 2018
  40. ^ Bishop Airport will rebuild, improve runway with $8-million grant The Flint Journal via, June 5, 2019
  41. ^ a b Bishop International Airport Flight Tracker FlightAware
  42. ^ Car Rentals Archived February 19, 2015, at the Wayback Machine Bishop International Airport official site
  43. ^ Airport Authority Board Archived February 25, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Bishop International Airport Authority.
  44. ^ Bishop Airport Director Jim Rice retiring after 24 years, search starting for replacement The Flint Journal via, January 27, 2014
  45. ^ New Bishop International Airport director meets lifelong goal in new role The Flint Journal via, July 23, 2014
  46. ^ Accident description for NC7864 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on November 1, 2020.
  47. ^ Accident description for N332PC at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on November 1, 2020.
  48. ^ tail number N168SL
  49. ^ Bishop public safety director on plane crash: Passengers shocked but able to walk away The Flint Journal via November 16, 2011
  50. ^ "N168SL NTSB Accident Report".
  51. ^ Saginaw police nab marijuana-filled suitcases at Flint's Bishop International Airport The Flint Journal via, December 13, 2011
  52. ^ Stabbing at Bishop Airport being investigated as act of terrorism, one person in custody WJRT-TV (ABC 12), June 21, 2017
  53. ^ FBI: Too early to say knife attack at Flint Bishop Airport is terrorism The Flint Journal via, June 21, 2017
  54. ^ "Canadian man charged after possible terror attack at Michigan airport, FBI says | Toronto Star". Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  55. ^ Flint airport stabber sentenced to life in prison, says he doesn’t regret actions The Flint Journal via, April 18, 2019
  56. ^ Elevated levels of PFAS found in groundwater at Bishop Airport The Flint Journal via, January 18, 2019

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