CHARLESTON, S.C. – Today the Charleston County Aviation Authority Board voted to approve a resolution to rename the terminal at the Charleston International Airport the Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings Terminal in honor and in memory of the late U.S. Senator.
Sen. Hollings served South Carolina from the State House, the Governor’s Mansion and the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The Charleston County Aviation Authority wants to ensure Sen. Hollings’ impact on aviation is honored in the state’s largest airport.
In the past, Hollings had been known to rebuff such grand gestures. Former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley says Hollings and his family expressed support for the terminal naming before his passing April 6th.
"This entire week has been about celebrating Sen. Hollings’ life and achievements. I applaud the Authority board for recognizing his enduring legacy in such a meaningful way," said Riley.
Elliott Summey, Charleston County Council Chairman, introduced the resolution to the board. "The airport benefited greatly from his vision. Opportunities like the new air service(s) we’ve garnered in the last decade were made possible by the groundwork of his long-term commitment to aviation," said Summey.
"Sen. Hollings’ public service touched generations of South Carolinians and will be felt for generations to come. Naming the newly-renovated terminal after him ensures all who travel through Charleston International are reminded of this great statesman’s contributions," said Walter Hundley, Chairman of the Aviation Authority