Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways are on the move at Charleston International Airport. The two low-cost airlines are moving to new gates on Concourse B, starting this week.
On Oct. 21, Southwest Airlines began operating from Gate B4 – a permanent gate location. On Tuesday, Oct. 27, JetBlue will begin operating from Gate B6. JetBlue’s move is temporary.
The moves are connected to the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP).
In April, the new addition to Concourse B opened. Soon after that, renovation began on the existing Concourse B gates and passenger walkway. The work is being done in phases since it is not feasible to close the concourse.
The changes to Concourse B including adding five gates for 10 total, installing new boarding bridges and adding space for three food and beverage outlets and two retail stores. The layout and seating plan create a bigger, brighter,coastal feel to the entire concourse. When construction is complete, each airline will have a dedicated loungearea located off a central hallway – odd number gates on one side of the hall and even number gates on the other.
The phased approach to the renovation is necessary for the airlines to continue operation. It poses challenges for passengers as they navigate construction zones but coordination with and cooperation from the airlines and other tenants in the terminal have minimized disruptions to passenger travel. The temporary inconvenience of construction will lead to long-term improvement of Concourse B and provide passengers with a brighter, more open boarding lounge that also offers expanded connectivity and more dining and shopping opportunities when complete.