The Rhode Island Airport Corporation was formed on December 9, 1992
as a semi-autonomous subsidiary of the then Rhode Island Port Authority,
now 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, six of whom are
appointed by the governor, and one member appointed by the mayor of the
City of Warwick.
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation 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 T. F. Green Airport, the Rhode Island Airport
Corporation is responsible for five general aviation airports
throughout the state: Block Island, Newport, North Central, Quonset and
Block Island State Airport provides essential access to the offshore
vacation retreat. Visitors from around the country are able to reach
the island via New England Airlines (1-800-243-2460), which operates a
small commercial passenger service between Westerly and Block Island.
North Central State Airport is located in Smithfield, close to
several business/industrial parks, and serves corporate and
recreational users within the Providence metropolitan area, while
relieving general aviation activity from T. F. Green Airport.
Quonset State Airport is a public use facility located on a
peninsula that combines port, rail, road and air transportation
facilities, and an extensive industrial park. It is home to both the
Air and Army National Guard, who use the facility for training and
Newport State Airport is used by visitors to the area as well as
local aviation enthusiasts and the Army National Guard. It serves the
corporate community and visitors to the year-round festivals at
Newport. The airport provides quick access for boat owners who harbor
vessels in the nearby marinas.
Westerly State Airport fulfills several roles for the South County
area, including corporate aviation service, extensive aircraft
maintenance and repair and regularly scheduled air passenger service to
The Rhode Island State Division of Purchases is the central
contracting authority responsible for all State departments and
agencies - with the exception of certain quasi-public authorities,
which solicit their own bids and RFP's. The Rhode Island Airport
Corporation is a Quasi-Public Agency. All Quasi-Public bid notices for
the Rhode Island Airport Corporation can be viewed at bid notices.