Passengers probably never noticed it.
Last week, six new jet bridges were installed on Concourse B. The work moves CHS one step closer to completing the new construction on the concourse extension.
Once finished in the spring, Concourse B will grow from five to 10 airline gates. The addition also includes new restrooms, large windows overlooking the airfield on three sides, a variety of new seating options that come equipped with electrical outlets and plugins for mobile devices and laptops as well as new carpet and terrazzo flooring.
The Concourse B extension is one part of the $189 million Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP). When complete, Charleston International will grow to 15 airline gates and will have transformed into a new, modern airport facility with new baggage handling systems, rental car and airline ticket counters and a consolidated TSA security checkpoint.
The new jet bridges won’t open immediately. They are being installed in phases. In the spring the final Concourse B jet bridge will go in. Later in 2015 new jet bridges will be installed on Concourse A as part of renovation there.
The new jet bridges are being installed by JBT AeroTech, which is the same company that manufactured the airport’s current jet bridges nearly 30 years ago when the airport was built.