It was a thrill for 5-year old me to stand in our backyard in Warwick, R.I. and watch the planes fly low over the house on their way to T. F. Green Airport a couple miles away. In the days after the Blizzard of ’78 the massive military transports that brought in snow removal gear to dig us out almost blocked out the sky.
This month, Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport celebrates its 90th anniversary. The airport has grown from one small building by a grassy field surrounded by farms into a major New England transportation hub serving more than 4 million passengers annually.
Next year will mark a quarter century since the airport terminal was named for my old boss Gov. Bruce Sundlun. The Governor had a vision for the airport, and its potential as an economic driver for Rhode Island. He provided the leadership and spent the political capital necessary to overcome the (many) naysayers and see the project through.
As the Ocean State emerges from the pandemic, Rhode Island T. F. Green International has added more new destinations and now serves up to 25 non-stop routes, generating $2.6 billion in annual economic output alongside the state’s other general aviation airports. The airport never stopped running during the uncertainty of the last 18 months – ensuring that frontline healthcare workers, medical supplies and travelers got where they needed to be, and that the Rhode Island economy would not be stopped.
RI T. F. Green International sets our metro area apart with a uniquely easy travel experience that powers the region’s economy, and brings families and friends together. Our firm is proud to be part of the airport team.