Charleston International Airport (CHS) set an all-time record of 3.13 million passengers flying in and out of the airport in 2014.
It is the first time ever that the airport has topped 3 million passengers. The 2014 passenger count is a 7 percent increase over 2013 and a whopping 55 percent increase since 2010.
“We are fortunate that Charleston International Airport continues to grow and has the support of the community and the passengers that choose us and the airlines that operate here for their flying needs,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., director of airports for the Charleston County Aviation Authority.
The Lowcountry’s recognition as a top tourist destination for both U.S. and international travelers and its growing business climate, including the aerospace, industrial and digital media sectors, are among the top reasons that air travel through CHS continues to grow, Campbell said.
CHS passengers have access to 21 airports in 17 cities in the United States and Canada. This includes new service to Toronto via Porter Airlines (effective Feb. 14) and to Orlando and Tampa, Fla., on Silver Airways (effective March 19).
In addition to the new airlines, CHS is served by Delta Air Lines, US Airways, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways.
As part of the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP), CHS is getting a dramatic makeover. When complete in late 2015, the airport will have a modern, sophisticated feel and will mirror the charm and grace of the South Carolina Lowcountry. The airport will build five new gates; modernize its baggage handling systems and install new passenger boarding bridges. Already in place is new ramp space equal to 10 football fields and enough room for overnight parking space of aircraft.
Landside CHS will open a single, multi-lane security screening checkpoint near the airline ticket counters, making it easy for passengers to check in quickly and make their way to their gate. There also will be a variety of retail stores, newsstands, pubs and restaurants for passengers to enjoy. Like many airports these days most of the concessions will be post-security. And new to CHS – once passengers clear the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, they can eat and shop on either of CHS’s two concourses without having to go through security again.