Gangway! First new jet bridge arrives


Today, the first of 15 new aircraft jet bridges will be installed at Gate B2 at Charleston International Airport.

JBT AeroTech, a Chicago-based company, will install each of the new Jetway® passenger boarding bridges over the next 15 months as part of the airport’s $189 million Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP).

""We are pleased to grow our relationship with Charleston International and to be a part of this important investment in serving the region's increasing air service demands,"" said John Lee, vice president and division manager of JBT AeroTech.

The gate equipment will be installed in phases, first at Concourse B where the number of gates will increase from five to 10. In 2015, the five gates on Concourse A will get new jet bridges. All the jet bridges will be installed by spring 2015.

“JBT AeroTech is the same company that manufactured the airport’s current jet bridges nearly 30 years ago,” said John Connell, deputy director of airports – facilities. “Those jet bridges have served the airport reliably for all these years.”

Over the next several weeks two more new jet bridges will be installed at Concourse B. The remainder will be installed as the work progresses.

The jet bridge installation is part of the expansion of Concourse B. In addition to five new gate (for a total of 10), the concourse will be reconfigured to house odd number gates on one side of the concourse and even numbered gates on the other side A central hallway will make it easier for passengers to enter and leave the passenger boarding lounges.

JBT AeroTech’s contract to provide and install the new jet bridges and gate equipment is approximately $7 million. The contract was awarded by Austin|Hitt JV, construction manager at risk and the firm directing TRIP construction.

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