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Your guide to Piedmont Triad International Airport

To help make your entire process at PTI airport as smooth as possible, we’ve created a guide that covers everything from gates and parking, to details on the airport’s 13 nonstop flights.

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PTI has undergone several renovations and expansions since the terminal facility began operations in 1982.

Piedmont International Airport

Traveling by plane is fun — jet-setting over beautiful blue waters or rolling hills, taking in cloud formations, and landing in a completely different location in a matter of hours is unlike anything else.The whole navigating the airport part? Leave that up to us.

Located ~30 minutes outside of downtown Winston-Salem, we’ve got everything you need to know about Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO)— from gates and parking to details on the airport’s 13 nonstop flights — so you can make the most out of your time on your travel day.

What to know

  • TSA | Compared to airports in big cities like Raleigh or Charlotte, you can get through security at PTIA in less than 10 minutes during non-peak seasons and 15 to 20 minutes during peak seasons.
  • Map it out | If you’re like us and need to completely visualize a place before you step foot inside, these maps of the entire airport will be your saving grace.
  • Food and drink | Get a freshly made bagel at the The Great American Bagel & Panini Company and select from hand-packed cream cheese and deli sandwiches. For sports fans, catch the latest game on big screens at the ACC American Café while you wait for your next flight.
  • Reminder | Starting May 2025, adult passengers will be required to have a passport or Real ID in order to go through the checkpoints.
  • Flight status | While we recommend staying updated via your respective airline, you can also check the airport’s dashboard for your flight status in a pinch.
WStoday: inside Piedmont International Airport

Expect a smooth check-in process at PTI with shorter wait lines.

Piedmont International Airport

Parking, shuttles, and rideshare

Not everyone has a bestie who will drop everything to pick them up from their 3 a.m. landing. There is plenty of parking to choose from depending on your needs: premium parking in a deck, central garage parking, and short-term parking. No shuttles are provided from the garage to the terminal, but at least the walk will count toward your daily steps. Here’s how much you can expect to pay for each parking deck:

  • Short term parking | $2/hour
  • Central garage parking, levels 1-3 | $12/day
  • Premium deck parking | $15/day

Because PTI only has one terminal, all of these parking options are within walking distance of TSA and your gate. Pro tip: Have a picture of your vehicle’s license plate to pay at the short-term parking pay station.

Hate the thought of driving yourself? Try out a shuttle, rideshare, or taxi service that will take you to and from the terminal. These services are suggested by the airport:

WStoday: shuttle bus stop at PTI Airport

There are many options to get to the airport from different access point in the Triad.

Piedmont International Airport

  • Archangels Transit | Taxi and van service | Located lower-level center of the terminal building. They can be reached at (336) 668-9808.
  • Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) | Shuttle | Route 25 PTI Airport service hours are Monday through Friday, 6:15 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and on-demand on Saturdays. There are two bus stops located on the arrival level, stop 318 at door one and stop 218 at door seven.

Nonstop flights

PTI Airport offers 13 domestic nonstop flights. Here are six nonstop flights to nearby locations.

Bonus: Get lower fares by making a free account on Going. Add PTI Airport to your notification list (you can add up to five airports on the free plan), and you’ll get emailed when flights are 40-90% cheaper than usual.
Pro tip: Remember that flight times and schedules will often change you should rely on your respective airline for exact timing and to stay updated on any changes.

WStoday: Airplane during morning takeoff at Piedmont International Airport

All you need to know to get ready for takeoff

Piedmont International Airport

Fly comfortably

While we may not be able to offer solutions for crying babies or mysterious in-flight meals, we do have some tricks up our sleeves for upping your comfort while flying. Browse some of our favorite travel essentials:

  • Lights Out Sleep Mask | This eye mask provides optimal comfort and aids restful sleep amidst changing environments and varying light conditions.
  • The AirFly Pro | Make sure you can always access in-flight entertainment (while avoiding the wired headphones airlines pass out) by using an AirFly. It plugs into your seat’s headphone jack and connects to your earbuds or headphones via Bluetooth.
  • Trtl travel pillow | The Trtl pillow is scientifically designed to provide a better head position when sleeping upright, thanks to an internal support system comfortably cushioned in cozy fleece.
  • Leather Dopp Kit | Keep your essentials organized and easily accessible, ensuring hassle-free journeys wherever you go.
  • Bose Noise Canceling Headphones | These headphones are tried-and-true traveling companions, beloved for their crisp sound and ability to block exterior noise.
  • Cozy Earth joggers | These Oprah-approved joggers are polished enough to navigate the airport in, but comfy and stretchy enough for long flights.
  • Snacks | Bringing your own snacks ensures dietary preferences are met — plus, you’ll save time and money while traveling.
  • Anti-nausea wristbands | Some simple anti-nausea wristbands might relieve a nervous stomach or sensitivity to turbulence while flying.
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