In January passengers will see a lot more construction activity inside Charleston International Airport. The construction will require frequent travelers to develop new habits and will change how visitors flying in and out of CHS navigate the airport for the next year.
“This will be very different for our passengers, but it is a temporary inconvenience for long-term improvement of the airport,” said John Connell, deputy director for engineering and planning for the Charleston County Aviation Authority. “We plan to make it easy to navigate the terminal while it is under construction. Our black and yellow way finding signs will help.”
Click here to view a map of the construction area
The airport’s $189 million Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP) began in early 2013. Until now, most of the construction has been outside. Beginning Jan. 6:
- The central atrium and hallway leading to Concourse A will be closed. Passengers will use a walkway near baggage claim and in front of the Discover Charleston Shop to access both Concourse A and B.
- Restrooms near the Concourse A checkpoint will close. The restrooms at Concourse B checkpoint and those in the passenger boarding areas will remain open.
- Hudson News will consolidate its atrium news stand with the Discover Charleston Shop.
- Four of the eight traffic lanes in front of the terminal building will close for demolition to the front of the terminal. Motorists should use caution and obey speed limits.
“Since all the traffic coming to and leaving the airport must use the outside four lanes, we are asking passengers to plan ahead, arrive early for your flight and please be patient,” said Paul Campbell, director of airports. “The airport is going to be transformed over the next two years into a facility that is bright, more open and modern. We ask for everyone’s patience as we get through the construction.”
Dunkin Donuts, the Lowcountry Grill and Magnolia Grill and Bar, all located pre-security, will remain open along with the dining facilities on both concourses.
The Charleston County Aviation Authority will regularly update construction plans at www.chs-trip.com