Here are some helpful tips to create a positive passenger experience at Charleston International Airport during the holiday travel period.
Last year more than 30,000 people passed through the airport's security checkpoints the week of Thanksgiving and nearly 29,000 went through screening during the week of Christmas. Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally the busiest travel time of the year.
Parking at CHS
We know the airport and the parking lots will be congested so we encourage passengers to plan ahead and leave plenty of time to:
- Navigate traffic coming to the airport
- Park your car
- Check your bags with your respective airline
- Go through security
- Board your flight without being rushed. Most flights board 30 to 45 minutes before the posted departure time.
- Inclement weather: Check with your airline for delays before coming to the airport.
There are three parking options available at CHS, plus a seasonal option. Click here for a map.
- Surface parking - $8 a day
- Remote parking - $8 a day
- Deck parking - $15 a day
- Valet parking - $18 a day
This year passengers that use the CHS seasonal overflow parking lots, which accommodates 630 vehicles, can save some money on parking.
Park four days and get one day free (an $8 savings). Park five or more days and get two days free (a $16 savings). Promotional dates are Nov. 23-27 and Dec. 21-23. The special is available only in the seasonal, remote parking lots located between the airport loop road and Porsche Boulevard.
Credit or debit cards (no cash)
are needed to enter and exit the parking lots. The discount will be applied upon exit. Free shuttle service between the seasonal lot and the terminal will be provided.
Parking Alternatives - Departing Passengers
If you don’t have to drive, have someone drop you off at the airport or carpool with someone else coming to CHS. CARTA bus service as well as most taxis service also are widely available in the Lowcountry and provide service to and from the airport.
Parking Alternatives - Arriving Passengers
You can pick up arriving family or friends with ease. Parking is free in the cell phone waiting lot on International Boulevard. Information about incoming flights is displayed on the outdoor marquee, and up to 40 vehicles can park at a time. When you are ready to be picked up outside baggage claim, all you have to do is call. It is a short drive from the Cell Phone Lot to the terminal building.
Arriving and departing
- If you don’t have to drive, have someone drop you off at the airport or carpool.
- Taxi services are widely available throughout the area. For arriving passengers, go to the taxi/shuttle booth outside baggage claim.
- CARTA bus services are also available to provide rides to and from the airport.
- Parking is free in the cell phone waiting lot for people picking up arriving passengers. There, information about incoming flights is displayed on an outdoor marquee, and up to 40 vehicles can park at a time. Passengers can call from baggage claim for pickup. It is a short drive from the cell phone lot to the terminal building.
During Christmas travel, passengers should know that wrapped gifts are not prohibited by the Transportation Security Administration, but if a bag or package prompts an alarm during a security screening, TSA agents may have to open it. Passengers are encouraged to ship gifts ahead of time or wrap them at their destination.
When traveling with food, we recommend passengers review TSA regulations.
Food and gifts: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/traveling-food-or-gifts