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Winter Weather update 9 a.m.

1/8/2018
 
FINAL UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 8

We are operating normally but it usually takes a couple of days for the air carriers to get back to their normal rotations. As always passengers are asked to please check with their air carriers for the most accurate information.


Update 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7

Both runways at Charleston International Airport are now open.
The second runway opened at approximately 2 p.m. today. The other opened at noon on Saturday.
 
Some CHS airlines resumed normal service today. We ask that passengers be patient as airline teams at CHS work to rebook passengers in the coming days. Passengers should check with their air carrier about their flight status. 

 
Update 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7


 
Good morning. One of our two runways opened Saturday at noon. Today the airport is open and several of our airlines have been able to resume flights into Charleston. Our airlines are working hard to get back in the air.

Please contact your air carrier to check on your flight status. We ask that passengers be patient as airline teams at CHS work to rebook passengers in the coming days.


Update 2:48 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 6
 
At approximately 11:30 a.m. today one of two runways at Charleston International Airport was cleared of snow and ice. Following inspections, Joint Base Charleston at noon gave the all clear for flights to resume. Airport Operations notified CHS airlines shortly after.
 
Most CHS airlines expect to resume normal service beginning with Sunday morning's first arrivals. However, passengers should check with their air carrier about their flight status.
 
We ask that passengers be patient as airline teams at CHS work to rebook passengers in the coming days.
 
The Jan. 3 winter storm dumped 5.3 inches of snow and ice on the CHS. When temperatures did not climb above the 30s during the day and the teens and 20s at night, runway snow clearing machinery was brought in to remove compacted ice and snow.
 
 
 
Update 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6
 
The  runways remained closed until further notice.
 
The safety of our passengers, airlines and airport workers is our top priority as Charleston International Airport and the Lowcountry works to recover from this week's winter storm. Travel by car around the area remains difficult due to ice sheets on most secondary (non interstate) roadways. Please drive carefully.
 
Runway and taxiway conditions at the airport are being frequently monitored by airport operations and Joint Base Charleston. The runways will reopen as soon as it is safe for aircraft to take off and land. We are not able to predict when that will be at this time. 
 
Future updates will be posted when information is available. Look for them here and on our  Facebook and Twitter channels @iflyCHS.
 
For information about flights. please speak to your air carrier.


Update 5:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5
 
The runways at CHS remained closed until further notice due to ice and snow coverage.
 
The safety of our passengers, airlines and airport workers is our top priority as Charleston International Airport and the Lowcountry works to recover from the Jan. 3, 2018 winter storm. Joint Base Charleston and Airport Operations are monitoring pavement conditions and are committed to resuming flight operations as soon as it is safe for aircraft to take off and land.
 
The FAA NOTAM dated Jan 8 is standard operating procedure. A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) is a notice filed with an aviation authority to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the safety of the flight. It can be lifted as soon as the runways are safe to open. We remain committed to getting the runways open as soon as it is safe to do so.

Here are the most recent airline cancellations as pf 4:30 p.m.: 
  • United has cancelled all Friday flights and the first three flights Saturday. The remainder of the Saturday flight scheduled will be decided later tonight.
  • Delta has cancelled all Friday flights and the first four flights on Saturday. Further cancellations to be decided bu 8 a.m. Saturday.
  • Southwest has cancelled all flights today and Saturday.
  • American has cancelled all flights until 9 a.m. Sunday.
As new information in available this page will be updated. 
 
Update, 11:30 a.m. Friday Jan. 5
 
The runways remain closed until further notice. We are working dilligently to reusme operations. When new information become available we will update everyone. Airport leadership remain committed to safety of our airlines and employees at the airport.
 
Update posted at 10:20 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
 
From Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority:
 
Airport leadership anticipates our airlines will be able to resume flights in and out of Charleston International Airport by late Friday afternoon but no later than Saturday morning. Customers scheduled to fly on Friday and Saturday should stay in touch with their air carrier for up-to-date information about flight status.

No flights are expected Friday morning. In addition:
  • Southwest Airlines has cancelled all of its Friday flights.
  • Delta Air Lines has cancelled its first five flights on Friday. A decision will be made later regarding the rest of its Friday schedule.
  • American Airlines has cancelled all flights Friday except for its late-night arrivals. The airline will make a decision about those arrivals on Friday.
  • Alaska Airlines has cancelled its Friday flight.
At the time of this posting, information was not available about flights for United and JetBlue airlines. Passengers booked with those airlines should contact their air carrier for information.
 
The safety of our passengers, airlines and airport workers is our top priority as Charleston International Airport and the Lowcountry works to recover from the Jan. 3, 2018 winter storm. Joint Base Charleston and Airport Operations are monitoring pavement conditions and are committed to resuming flight operations as soon as it is safe for aircraft to take off and land.
 
Future updates will be posted at www.iflyCHS.com and our social media channels as information becomes available nad or conditions at the airport change.

Updated Wednesday, Jan. 3
 Here’s what we know right now about Thursday’s air service at CHS.

The runways remain closed and will be assessed Thursday morning to determine if/when normal operations can resume.

For Thursday:
  • Southwest - all flights cancelled.
  • JetBlue - first arrival scheduled for 2:46 pm with a 3:21 pm departure.
  • American - all flights prior to 3 pm cancelled.
  • Delta - all flights prior to 12:45 pm cancelled
  • Alaska - no flights scheduled Thursday.
  • United- early morning flights cancelled.
The airlines will review their flight schedules again Thursday morning.
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