About the Rhode Island Airport Corporation
Welcome to the official website for the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) and Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport (PVD). Using this site, you’ll be able to learn about the history of Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport, search the airport’s flight guide, check real-time flight status for arrivals and departures, view our plans for the future and much more.
RIAC is responsible for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the six state-owned airports and the supervision of all civil airports, landing areas, navigation facilities, air schools and flying clubs. In addition to Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport, RIAC is responsible for five general aviation airports throughout the state: Block Island, Quonset, North Central, Newport and Westerly.
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation was formed on December 9, 1992, as a semi-autonomous subsidiary of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation to operate and maintain the state’s airport system. The powers of the corporation are vested in its seven-member board of directors, all of whom are appointed by the governor.
RIAC’s primary mission, and that of Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport, is to provide Rhode Island and Southern New England with meaningful connections to the nation and world. Learn more about the Rhode Island Airport Corporation’s 90-year history below.
Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport was originally founded as Hillsgrove State Airport, and was the first state-owned and operated airport in the U.S. The commencement air shows draw over 150,000 people—the largest crowd that had attended a public function in the country until that time.
Hillsgrove State Airport sponsored an “Air Pageant” which included appearances by famous early pilots Jimmy Wedell, Russell Boardman, and Capt. Fred Williams.
The construction of concrete runways began along with installation of a two-way radio station, a federally designated airway double-light beacon for night flyers, and a radio beam navigation system, the only one in New England at the time.
State Hangar 1 was built to store and maintain aircraft, as well as a control tower and administrative offices. The space was leased to tenants, creating a revenue stream for the airport.
Hangar 2 is constructed to provide needed hangar space for the Rhode Island National Guard unit stationed at Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport. Designed in the Moderne style, the building continued the use of forward-looking architectural trends associated with the speedy, futuristic mode of travel.
The State of Rhode Island releases the first draft of its updated Master Plan — which represents the official policy regarding present and future use of Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport.
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC), a quasipublic agency and division of Commerce Corporation, becomes the administrator and operator of the airport.
Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport becomes the Official Airport of the New England Patriots. Runway 5-23 is opened for use at a length of 8,700 feet to enable longer-range nonstop flights and enhanced safety.
Allegiant Airlines starts service at PVD, with nonstop service to Punta Gorda Airport, FL, St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, FL, and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, KY.
PVD is listed as one of the fastest-growing airports in the U.S. and reaches all-time highs for routes, recruiting nine additional airlines and adding 27 nonstop routes.
PVD is ranked a top-five best small airport in the U.S. by three major travel publications, USA Today, Travel + Leisure, and Condé Nast Traveler.
Legislation approves an airport name change to the Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport, to increase brand recognition and support statewide tourism and economic development.
PVD is chosen to serve as one of Breeze Airway’s inaugural airports. Breeze Airways offers service four times a week between PVD and Charleston, SC (CHS); Norfolk, VA (ORF), and Pittsburgh, PA (PIT).
We Have a Bright Future Ahead
RIAC is proud to serve Rhode Island and the New England region. Because of you, we have a bright future ahead. We hope the information on this website will help you enjoy a comfortable, hassle-free travel experience. We’d like to hear your feedback on how we can further improve. Please email us through the Contact Us section. If you’d like updates on new service, airport updates or business development, please submit your email address to receive our e-newsletter.