Renovations to the airline ticket counters at CHS are nearing a close. The last counter is under construction now and expected to open in a couple of weeks in the Ticketing Hall.
Delta Air Lines, which has been housed in temporary space in the Ticketing Hall since 2013, is the last of CHS’s airlines to move into new space. The construction in ticketing will culminate with finishing touches to the new entry vestibules and the installation of floor-to-ceiling windows where Delta’s temporary ticket counter is located.
Delta is scheduled to move the night of Oct. 5 and open for business in new space the morning of Oct. 6. The new Delta ticket counter is immediately adjacent to the TSA consolidate security screening checkpoint.
The Ticketing Hall renovations are part of the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program that began in 2012. Most of the construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Some areas of Concourse A and the food court will be completed in early 2016.
Many of the key design features of the new ticketing area draw from local history and architecture, in particular the Charleston Single House – so named because it is a single room wide on the streetscape – and the lush gardens just off the piazzas (porches). The ceiling panels are intended to mimic the “haint” blue ceilings often found on the porch ceilings of the Charleston Single House. Dating to the 1800s and the Gullah culture of African slaves, it is believed that blue porch ceilings would draw evil spirits away from the home and into the sky. The trellis work hanging over the ticket counters is reminiscent of those used in Charleston’s Historic District gardens. They are painted Charleston Green, a classic Southern paint color that is so deep it is often mistaken as the color black.