Grand Isle International Airport
|Grand Isle International Airport|
Port dell'aire internacional de Gran Isle
|IATA: GIB – ICAO: NGIB|
|Owner/Operator||Grand Isle Mass Transit Authority|
|Serves||Isle of Burgundie|
|Elevation AMSL||168 ft / 51 m|
Aerial footage of the runways and terminals of GIB
Port dell'aire internacional de Gran Isle (Eng: Grand Isle International Airport) is the main airport for the Isle of Burgundie. Originally built to supplement the overtaxed regional airports of Vilauristre and NordHalle in the mid 1960s, the airport exploded in growth when the City of Vilauristre Transportation Commission lost a pair of lawsuits in the mid 1980s, against residents complaining about the air pollution from increased air traffic and another after a crash in an adjoining neighborhood killed 16 people and destroyed 46 houses. Consumers from metro-Vilauristre started flocking to Mattiusvale to protest the Vilauristre airport and to take advantage of the lower fares. In 2004, Vilauristre International Airport filed for bankruptcy and Mattiusvale International absorbed the assets, creating the Grand Isle Mass Transit Authority. By 2016 the airport's total area was 33,531 acres (13,570 ha, 52.4 sq mi), making it the largest in The Burgundies and amongst the largest in the world. It is one of the few airports that serve commercial supersonic air travel. It is a massive employer on the Isle of Burgundie with a social and economic impact on 146,600 people.
Originally a private airfield built in the 1920s by the eccentric inventor Houard Hewse, the land served as a testing ground for his experimentations in both fixed and rotary wing flight. In the 1940s he died in a crash of one of his ill-fated inventions and his widow sold the airstrip and outbuildings to the burgeoning Army Air Branch as a flight school. With the restructuring of the Navy of Burgundie the field was transferred to them. By the late 1950s, a bigger base was needed and St. Mattius Naval Airfieldwas built a few kilometers away. The strip lay dormant until 1961 when the Chamber of Commerce of Mattiusvale took a leap of faith and offered to buy it to build a passenger aerodrome to profit from the overflow at both the Vilauristre and NordHalle city airports. In 1962 an agreement was reached and the city was allowed to lease the land from the Navy for 25 years, at which point the Navy would do an assessment to see if they could sell the property outright. In the spring of 1963, construction teams broke ground to create a new runway and a terminal building. The airport opened on May 17, 1964 and the first three flights to Dormanshire, Le Ax-Canbon, and Adenborough were packed. In fact the flight to Le Ax-Canbon was so full that the plane had to return because it was overweight.
|Grand Isle Passenger Terminal Building|
|Terminus de Passatgers de Gran Isle|
Grand Isle Passenger terminal atrium
|Former names||Port dell'Aire Structure Gran Isle|
|Architectural style||Art Nouveau|
Built in 1963 the passenger terminal is a massive open and airy cavern built to resemble a airplane hanger, but give the passengers full views of the air. The hope also was to invite the beautiful nature inside. As such Art Nouveau was chosen as the style, and a revival of the style began.
Airlines and destinations
GIB serves over 190 destinations including 26 international cities in 11 countries: Caphiria, Insui, Kirav, Pauldustllah, Urcea, etc. GIB is the largest hub of DeBonAire Airlines and serves as a focus city for a number of other airlines.
|AiReal||local Burgundian airports and overseas territories||lots|