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Knoxville Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Knoxville Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the name of a hotel near the airport in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

they had this funny idea a while back to put an entire row of dozens and dozens of rocking chairs by the huge open glass window in the center of the terminal - wc

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at McGhee Tyson Airport.

What to Expect

  • A small and homey single terminal airport
  • Rocking chairs throughout the terminal, apparently even in the bathrooms!
  • The airport provides free WiFi. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • After security checkpoints close for the night, passengers are restricted to landside only. Passengers sleeping airside will be required to go back to landside until security reopens, and will need to clear security again to re-enter.
  • Although there are padded benches available in the landside areas of the terminal, there are two carpeted glassed-in areas underneath the stairwells in baggage claim which allow for some privacy away from the airport’s foot traffic
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel connected to the terminal by a covered walkway and other nearby hotels that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Knoxville Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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Knoxville Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges at the airport.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Knoxville Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hilton Knoxville Airport - Connected to the airport via covered walkway, the hotel has free shuttle service to the surrounding area (within 5 mile radius). » Check Rates
  • Hampton Inn Knoxville Airport - (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Knoxville Airport - (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available daily from 7:00AM to 11:00PM. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Knoxville Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Knoxville airport

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More Airport Services & Lounges

  • Art in the Airport - Exhibits are available throughout the airport terminal.
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside • Airside, next to Ruby Tuesday.
  • Currency Exchange - No
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty Free is not available. If you need a snack or reading materials before your flight there is a mini mart located landside and airside!
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport are open from 5:00AM - 7:00PM, except for Starbucks, which is open at 4:30AM. Dining options include: Cinnabon • Express by Uno • Quiznos Subs • Ruby Tuesday • Starbucks.
  • Information Desk - Location: main entrance, lower level.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Mobile Charging - Charging stations are located throughout the airport.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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As of February 2018, Knoxville airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • Delta • Frontier Airlines • United Airlines.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National. Location: on the lower level near the baggage claim.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Hampton Inn Knoxville Airport   •   Hilton Knoxville Airport   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Knoxville Airport.


Metered taxis are readily available in the ground transportation area of the airport.

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Last Updated: 24 November 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .