Enplanements at Charleston International Airport rose again in July.
The number of people boarding a departing flight rose 8.24 percent as compared to July 2016. Deplanements – passengers arriving in Charleston – increased 7.3 percent. In addition, total passenger count increased this July as compared to July 2016.
Passenger traffic has been on the rise at Charleston International for much of the last decade – even as the airport underwent a transformative terminal redevelopment that was completed last October. CHS set a fifth consecutive record in 2016 with a total of 3.7 million passengers. In the first seven months of 2017, more than 2.3 million people have flown in and out of the airport.
Enplanements have increased every month in 2017 with the exception of February, which saw a slight decrease over the same month in 2016. Overall, passenger counts are up and are expected to continue their rise.
“I expect we will top 4 million passengers for 2017,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.
“We’re busy in so many ways,” Campbell said. “Our restaurants are filled with patrons, our rental car companies and taxi operators are doing good business and it is not unusual to walk through the airport and hear the airlines asking for volunteers to take later flights because the planes are full.”