It’s going to be a busy summer at Charleston International Airport where big changes are happening in front of the terminal.
One of the biggest changes is coming in mid-July. The main entrance to the terminal will close on or about July 14. Passengers will exit and enter the terminal at doors in the Ticketing Hall and Baggage Claim. Look for the covered walkways to help guide you.
The closing will accommodate construction taking place on the terminal roof. New heating and cooling equipment will be installed and the old atrium skylight will be demolished. In its place will be an octagon-shaped glass and steel dome that covers an area measuring 1,742 square feet and stands 18 feet tall.
Passengers will notice a lot activity on the curb outside. Steel and other construction materials along with several cranes are parked in front of the terminal. Recently, construction teams worked during overnight shifts to lift heating and air conditioning units weighing nearly 440,000 pounds onto the roof. Six more units will go up in the coming days as part of the new, more efficient energy system that is being installed.
At the east end of the terminal, work continues on the new canopy, which is inspired by aircraft wings, and the window wall that will extend from the Ticketing Hall to the Rental Car Pavilion at the west end of the terminal when construction is done.
Also this summer, Delta Air Lines will vacate its current ticket counter and move into temporary space just across the Ticketing Hall. One at a time over several months the airline ticket counters will be renovated. As each new ticket counter is completed, the airlines will move in and set up shop in their permanent locations.
On the air side, new passenger boarding bridges will be installed in July and August on gates on Concourse B, which is undergoing a transformation that includes adding five new gates. When construction is complete, Concourse B will have 10 gates.
We know the construction can be a little annoying. We hear you. Even above the noise. It also can be confusing to come into an unfamiliar airport that is under construction. Even regular CHS travelers can be turned around by all the work going on around them.
Passengers should take a few extra minutes to survey their surroundings and check for overhead directional signage as they arrive at and leave the airport. Walkways will change, barricades will move and some entry/exit doors will close to accommodate construction.
If you need help, any employee working at the airport can provide directions and or assistance. Our Information Desk located near Baggage Claim and our Airport Ambassadors are trained and happy to help passengers get where they need to go.