Like the five years before it, 2019 was a record breaker at Charleston International Airport.
Passengers flying in and out of the airport rose 9 percent over 2018 and totaled 4,871,130 passengers – just short of a milestone 4.9 million. Passenger traffic increased at CHS every month.
December passenger counts increased nearly 13 percent over last year with nearly 2 million people each arriving at and departing from CHS.
“What’s important is the Charleston International Airport continues to grow – in its role supporting the region’s economy and by providing new air service for our customers,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.
December last year saw increased air service from legacy carriers as well as our low-cost carriers. In February, United began service to Denver. In April, British Airways launched the first transatlantic flight from Charleston to London, England. In June, Allegiant launched serve to Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Delta began service to Minneapolis| St. Paul, Minnesota.
“I am pleased with how Charleston International continues to grow and continues to provide Charleston area residents with a variety of choices when it comes to air travel,” Campbell said. “The airport has gone from a small-town airport to a medium-size hub airport that the community can be proud of,” he said. “I look forward to 2020 being another great year for our airlines and for Charleston International Airport.”