WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                       PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

         Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 8, 2004

                                AIRGATE PCS, INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

          Delaware                   027455                 58-2422929
(State or other jurisdiction       (Commission             (IRS Employer
      of incorporation)           File Number)          Identification No.)

                    Harris Tower, 233 Peachtree Street, N.E.
                                   Suite 1700
                             Atlanta, Georgia 30303
                              (Address of Principal
                               Executive Offices)

                                 (404) 525-7272
              (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

Item 5.    Other Events and Regulation FD Disclosure

     On April 8, 2004, AirGate PCS, Inc., a Delaware corporation, issued a press
release  announcing  the  appointment  of three new  independent  directors  and
reelection  of one director.  A copy of the press release is attached  hereto as
Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 7.    Financial Statements, ProForma Financial Information and Exhibits.

(c)        Exhibits

            Exhibit No.          Description
            -----------          -----------
                99.1             Press Release, dated April 8, 2004, issued by
                                 AirGate PCS, Inc. announcing election of


     Pursuant to the  requirements  of the Securities  Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant  has duly  caused  this  report  to be  signed  on its  behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                AIRGATE PCS, INC.

Date: April 8, 2004             By: /s/ Thomas M. Dougherty
                                      Thomas M. Dougherty
                                      President and Chief Executive Officer