IATA airport code: SAV
Location: 400 Airways Ave., Savannah
Year Opened: 1942. City of Savannah obtained the land in 1940 but the Army Corp of Engineers took over construction and it served as a military base until 1948 when it was given to the National Guard and operated as Travis Field. In 1950 the Savannah airport relocated its operations to Travis Field. A six-gate terminal built in 1960 was replaced in 1994 by the current facility. It was renamed Savannah International Airport in 1983, then Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in 2003.
Size: Covers 3,650 acres with two runways, 15 gates and one terminal.
Transportation: The Chatham Area Transit (CAT) buses, taxis, rideshares and limousine services are available.
Fun Facts: The area’s first airport, Savannah Municipal Airport, opened in September, 1929, In 1932, it was named Hunter Field. A trolley car was used as the first terminal.
The current airport was built on one of the highest points in the area, Cherokee Hill. The airport is 50 ft. above sea level.
Renamed Savannah International Airport in 1983, although at the time it had no international flights. From 1992-93, Key Airlines operated service to the Caribbean and Mexico, but it didn’t have any other international flights until 2017, when Air Canada began seasonal service to Toronto.