Some 25 years after it was first installed, the jet bridge at CHS’s Gate B3 was removed on Oct. 12. The dismantling was the first step in the expansion of Concourse B.
In two years, five new gates will open on Concourse B. That will bring to 15 the number of airline gates at Charleston International when the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Project is done in the fall of 2015. Concourse B is home to Southwest Airlines, jetBlue, US Airways and American Airlines.
For a little while, passengers will be able to watch the preparation work and will have a nearly unobstructed view of the runways and taxiways. When the expansion work kicks into high gear, the windows overlooking the airfield will be covered for safety.
As construction progresses, others gates in B will close or be relocated, and passengers will be asked to maneuver around areas of construction. Things could get a little loud and a little messy, but the temporary inconvenience will lead to long-term improvement of the customer experience at Charleston International Airport.
As for the jet bridge, it’s headed to a scrapyard for recycling.
Watch the dismantling here: