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, all of whom are appointed by the governor.
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 Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation is responsible for five general aviation airports throughout the state: Block Island, Newport, North Central, Quonset and Westerly.
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 Rhode Island T. F. Green International 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 aviation operations.
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 Block Island.
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.