T. F. Green International Airport , also known as Theodore Francis Green State Airport, is a public airport located in Warwick, six miles (10 km) south of Providence, in Kent County, Rhode Island, USA. Dedicated in 1931, the airport was named for former Rhode Island governor and longtime senator Theodore F. Green. Completely rebuilt in 1996, with the renovated main terminal named for former Rhode Island governor Bruce Sundlun. It was the first state-owned airport in the United States.
Massport has been promoting T.F. Green as an alternative to Boston's Logan International Airport, as delays and wait time are minimal. The airport's expansion is limited, as it is surrounded by residential homes. However, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) now owns some residential property on the eastern side of the airport near the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting building. Most homes on Cedar Swamp Road and Pembroke Avenue have since been demolished, likely to make way for future expansion.
It is the largest and most active airport among the six operated by the Rhode Island Airport Corporation.
Taxiway Victor served as Runway 5L/23R until 2003.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) offers public bus transportation to and from the cities of Providence (Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence) and Newport, and the University of Rhode Island campus in Kingston. In particular:
Work has started on an intermodal station adjacent to the airport. Negotiations are in progress for the station to be served by the MBTA Commuter Rail and Amtrak to provide service to Providence, Rhode Island, Boston, Massachusetts, and the Amtrak Northeast Corridor including New York City. However those negotiations have been in progress for several years and as of groundbreaking no definitive agreements are in place for train service, No weekend service is planned. The construction was funded in a 2005 federal highway bill. In 2008, a funding shortfall was announced due to escalated construction costs. Presently, Amtrak trains ride through Warwick, passing 1,250 feet from the airport terminal, without making a stop, as the station is not complete. Amtrak is resisting adding TF Green Station as a stop citing costs related to building and electrifying extra train rails. Amtrak has also cited a lack of sufficient ridership for the stop to be economically sustainable. This may change with time.
Groundbreaking for the station was on July 17, 2006. Upon its completion (expected in 2010), T.F. Green will have the closest intercity air-to-rail link in the country. Site preparation began in September 2007 and, as of October 2007, construction was expected to begin in the spring of 2008.
Since the new terminal was opened in 1996, T.F. Green has become more congested due to increased traffic and post-September 11th security changes. As a result, terminal renovations have recently begun. According to the RIAC website, these improvements include:
(List quoted from T.F. Green's Website)
While some expansion proponents claim extending the main runway would bring in an estimated $138 million over the course of 13 years, doing so could consume 204 houses, at least ten businesses, and large areas of wetlands. More recent studies indicate substantially decreased enplanements due in-part to soaring fuel costs, and easier access to Logan International Airport since completion of improvements to the Southeast Expressway, Third Harbor Tunnel, bus services between TF Green and Logan, as well as the introduction of low cost carriers at Logan such as Jet Blue. The FAA plans to hold public meetings in upcoming May before making its recommendation concerning runway expansion to the Rhode Island Airport Corporation.