Addition at Concourse A takes shape


For many months we’ve watched as things around here have been dug up and demolished. It’s a necessary part of the redevelopment of Charleston International Airport, but it’s more exciting when we start to see things built.

Since TRIP began in 2013, two new baggage claim carousels have opened, the structural steel for the Concourse B extension has gone up and the new Rental Car Pavilion has opened and stands as an example of what’s to come in our renovation project.

CHS’ newest addition is now taking shape.

This week, crews began hanging structural steel outside Concourse A. When complete this 56,400-square-foot addition will house the consolidated security screening checkpoint on the main terminal level. Above that will be the offices of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, owner and operator of the airport. The current office space will be demolished to open the Central Hall of the terminal and to give passengers and visitors access to view the airfield through massive two-story floor to ceiling windows. The basement level of the addition will provide a much larger space for our incoming baggage handling system.

Here’s a closer look:

TSA Consolidated Checkpoint

Two checkpoints, one at the entrance to each concourse will be replaced with a single, checkpoint near the Ticketing Hall.

  • Designed for eight checkpoint lanes capable of screening nearly 900 people an hour.
  • Configured so passengers can move freely between the gates of Concourse A and B – including restaurants, bars and retail shops – without going through security again.
  • Includes large area where passengers can collect their belongings and put shoes and jackets back on before heading to their gate.
  • Relocated entrance so passengers can go directly from ticketing to screening.
Baggage Makeup

The baggage makeup room is where your luggage and other checked items go when you drop them off at the airline ticket counter. Via a line of conveyors, luggage is moved from the main terminal level to the basement where the TSA sends each item through a screening device. Once screened, the luggage is loaded onto carts and transported to the waiting aircraft.
  • Designed with rolling tables to limit the amount of lifting TSA agents and baggage handlers have to do.
  • More than 1,500 feet of conveyers will be installed for luggage handling from check in through screening.
  • Designed to house eight screening devices. Seven devices can each screen 226 bags an hour. The other is dedicated to oversized bags and can scan and screen up to 130 bags an hour.
  • The modified in-line system is capable of automatically sorting screened luggage via bag tag bar codes and directing bags to makeup carousels for loading on baggage carts and delivery to the aircraft.


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