Delta Air Lines passengers who left Charleston last week and returned Monday night may have worried that they were in the wrong city when they got off the plane. They left a dark and dingy concourse and returned to an open, bright and airy boarding lounge where passengers can relax before a flight.
Renovations on Concourse A got under way last summer. Half the work is complete and two of the five renovated gates opened the night of Feb. 1. Concourse A is home to Delta Air Lines, the largest (by passenger volume) air carrier at CHS.
“Wow! Gone three days and come back to the new A gates open!! That was an awesome surprise!!!” Charleston resident Curtis Pelham tweeted on Feb. 1.
Dave Felix of Mount Pleasant tweeted “@CHSairport every time I fly I see new changes. The airport looks great. Can't wait to see it filled with plants and artwork!”
The renovation at Concourse A is a mirror image of Concourse B with a boarding area that is open and bright because of expansive floor- to-ceiling windows overlooking the air field and a 6-foot clerestory that floods the room with light. The white décor – from the terrazzo floors to bar- and banquette-style seating – gives the room a fresh, open feel. The renovation includes new seating with charging stations for mobile devices and five new jet bridges.
The remaining Concourse A renovation is under way and scheduled for completion by the end of March. When done the boarding area will include a Charleston Beer Works and retail space.