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Terminal redevelopment recognized by airport peers

The terminal redevelopment project at Charleston International Airport has been honored by its peer airports in the southeast for outstanding architectural renovation.  

Taxiway improvements now complete

A $24 million investment in infrastructure that supports the commercial airline industry and Boeing aircraft manufacturing at Charleston International Airport is now complete. 

Last of new restaurants opens on Concourse B

The Samuel Adams Brewhouse is now open on Concourse B. The pub-style bar is the last of seven food and beverage establishments to open in conjunction with the airport’s terminal redevelopment. 

New destinations, more ways to fly this spring, summer

Charleston International Airport has more ways to fly, including two new destinations, this spring and summer

Southwest adds daily St. Louis, Denver nonstop service

Lowcountry residents will be able to fly nonstop daily to St. Louis and Denver this summer.

Emanuel AME art exhibit and tribute opened to the public

The Charleston International Airport art exhibit and tribute to the victims and survivors of the Mother Emanuel AME Church shootings opened today in the airport’s Central Hall.

2017 Aviation Authority Auction

The Charleston County Aviation Authority is accepting sealed bids for surplus vehicles, equipment, furniture, electronics, and décor by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Traffic delays possible March 31

Motorists driving to and from the airport Friday morning March 31 should expect delays on South Aviation Avenue and are encouraged to consider alternate routes during this time.

American: More ways to fly at CHS

American Airlines is giving Charleston travelers more ways to fly this spring. Starting April 4 and continuing through summer, American is increasing the number of daily flights to Philadelphia and Miami. Plus, it will use larger aircraft with more seats for its two daily nonstop flights to Dallas-Fort Worth and two of its daily flights to Charlotte.

United offering more flights to Houston

United Airlines at Charleston International Airport will begin flying to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) three times a day this summer.

New exit lane for arriving passengers opens

Beginning March 13, arriving Charleston International Airport passengers will exit the airline gate area via a new set of automated security doors that are designed to provide enhanced security between the post-checkpoint side of the airport and the public side.

TSA prepared for 10-year high in Spring Break travel

The Transportation Security Administration is prepared for the start of the Spring Break travel period, which typically begins in late February and continues into April. TSA will screen approximately 62 million travelers at airports nationwide in March.  

TSA dog Iill retires

On Feb. 23, 2017, Iill became a family pet when he was retired from service during a short ceremony in the security checkpoint at CHS.

Travel Alert: Delays possible Friday during POTUS visit

Passengers scheduled to fly in and out of Charleston International Airport on Friday will experience brief delays adn or disruptions between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the President of the United States is scheduled to be here.

Delaware North opens airport's Charleston Beer Works

Delaware North has announced the opening of Charleston Beer Works at Charleston International Airport (CHS), which marks the eighth new concept for the company at CHS in the past 18 months.

TSA canine Jack retires at CHS

Jack the TSA dog retired Jan. 20, 2017, from his life of working in airports and at other important functions where safety and security was his duty and responsibility. For the last seven years Jack has worked at Charleston International Airport.

It's a record! 3.7M passengers

Support from its six airlines and a commitment to providing an outstanding passenger experience led Charleston International Airport to another record-breaking year in 2016. Passenger enplanements and deplanements grew for a sixth straight year to 3,704,270 people flying in and out of CHS. That’s an increase of 8.4 percent over 2015

Arriving passengers to encounter temporary detour

Passengers arriving at Charleston International Airport beginning Tuesday will notice a new detour even though the terminal redevelopment is complete. CHS is installing automated doors in the exit lane that separates the secure side of the airport from the public side. This is the area that arriving passengers pass through on their way to baggage claim or rental car pickup.  

Plan ahead for a hassle-free holiday travel

Christmas and the New Year are both festive and busy travel times. Here are some helpful hints and resources to make your passenger experience with Charleston International Airport one of your new favorite things about the holiday season.

Santa arrives at CHS on Dec. 13

Santa Claus is coming to town, Charleston International Airport, specifically. Jolly ole Saint Nick is leaving Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, you know Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen at the North Pole with Rudolph and is jetting in on Delta Air Lines on Dec. 13.

Thanksgiving travel soared at Charleston International

Thanksgiving travel increased a solid 10 percent over 2015, keeping Charleston International Airport on track toward a fifth consecutive year of record-breaking passenger numbers.

Mural tells story of Andre Michaux's botanical garden

On property now occupied by Charleston International Airport there once stood a botanical garden created in 1786 by legendary French Royal Botanist Andre Michaux. From this garden and nursery Michaux exported plants, trees and shrubs to France and imported old world species that have become synonymous with the South – crepe myrtle and camellias among them.

Holiday fliers, new terminal kick off busy travel season

Nearly 100,000 people flew in and out of Charleston International Airport during Thanksgiving week in 2015. CHS expects to be just as busy this year. That means passengers should plan ahead for everything from finding parking to checking in to going through security screening.

The CHS-Citadel Bulldog Connection

With the roar of aircraft surrounding them, 11 cadets and veteran students from The Citadel stood on Taxiway Alpha studying how Charleston International Airport is improving its infrastructure to support a rapidly growing Lowcountry aviation industry.

Airport renovation comes in for a landing

An unprecedented four-year project to transform South Carolina’s largest airport into a modern, sophisticated hub of air travel for its 3.5 million passengers and the greater Charleston community is now complete.

CHS Construction Fun Facts

Charleston International Airport was built in 1985 and had changed little before the terminal redevelopment began in 2012. Think about this: If the mobile phone, invented in 1973, had not changed in 30 or 40 years, it would be big enough to be considered a personal item alongside your carryon luggage.

Airport transformation, new brand image to be genuinely Charleston

Charleston International Airport today unveiled its new brand to complement the airport’s extensive modernization and to foster an internationally recognizable and genuinely Charleston passenger experience for the 3.4 million plus people who fly in and out of the Holy City annually.

TRIP Timeline

A timeline of the CHS Terminal Redevelopment and Imrpovement Program.

DNC celebrates opening of 3 restaurants

Delaware North, a global hospitality and food service company, today formally celebrated the opening of three new restaurant and retail outlets at Charleston International Airport (CHS). Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill, a restaurant designed by the golf legend, Caviar & Bananas, a southern-style gourmet market, and Harvest & Grounds, a coffee and retail kiosk, all opened during the summer as part of the airport’s ongoing Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP).

Airports Coalition hosting Business Expo

The South Carolina Airports Coalition is partnering with the University of South Carolina to host The 2016 Ultimate Business Expo for small and minority contractors and suppliers on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016.  The event begins at 9 a.m. and will be held at the Koger Center for the Arts at 1051 Greene St., Columbia.

DOT bans All Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones from airplanes

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), today announced it is issuing an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States.

Hurricane Matthew Information

Hurricane Matthew Updates for Charleston International Airport and the Aviation Authority will be posted here.

Charleston Metro Chamber gives Aviation Authority 2016 Beacon Award

The Charleston County Aviation Authority and the terminal renovation at Charleston International Airport were named the Beacon Award winner by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Sept. 15 during the 2016 annual Honors Night awards ceremony.

Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill opens

The long-awaited Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill with a savory selection of “home cooked” meals is now open at Charleston International Airport.

CHS soaring toward new passenger record for 2016

With 1.8 million passengers already this year, Charleston International Airport (CHS) is on course to break another record in 2016.

Eddie Bauer store opens

The Hudson Group has opened its Eddie Bauer store in Charleston International Airport’s central marketplace. It is the sixth Hudson Group store to open as part of the airport’s Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program.

The Golden Pineapple goes to......

The Charleston County Aviation Authority is a 2016 recipient of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau's Golden Pineapple Award.

New CFO starts work Aug. 8

Doug Boston, founder and president of Cyan Financial in Mount Pleasant, has been named chief financial officer for the Charleston County Aviation Authority, owner and operator of Charleston International Airport, Mount Pleasant Regional Airport and Charleston Executive Airport.

Tech On The Go opens at CHS

On the heels of two new restaurants opening, a fifth new retail store opened today. Tech On The Go, a brand operated by Hudson Group, is an electronics and tech product store that caters to travelers. It’s located after security in the airport’s central marketplace for shopping and dining.

Burger King, Caviar & Bananas opening Saturday, Sunday

CHS is getting all new bars and restaurants, several with Charleston connections, as part of the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP). On Saturday, Burger King opens for business followed on Sunday by Caviar and Bananas.

Charleston International Airport aces FAA inspection again

Charleston International Airport passed certification inspection with flying colors for two consecutive years.

Director of airports to retire Dec. 31

The Charleston County Aviation Authority announced today that Senator Paul Campbell will retire effective December 31.

Southwest nonstop to the Mile High City starts June 11

Southwest Airline’s weekly service between Charleston and Denver takes flight for the first time on Saturday, June 11.

Memorial Day shaping up to be busy travel weekend

The official start of summer is poised to be a busy travel weekend at Charleston International Airport. That means passengers should plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their flight is scheduled to take off.

Saturdays just got better Southwest

Southwest Airlines will begin weekly Saturday service between Charleston International Airport (CHS) and Denver International Airport (DEN) on June 11, 2016.

Citadel cadets selected for Airport Management summer internship

Two rising seniors from The Citadel will participate in the Charleston County Aviation Authority’s 2016 Airport Management Internship this summer. The Aviation Authority internship program is entering its second year.

CHS with other S.C. airports honored for diversity efforts

The South Carolina Airports Coalition, which includes Charleston International Airport (CHS), Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE), and Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) today will receive the Outstanding Business Award from the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Riley Institute at Furman University during the 2016 Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards.  

Aviation Authority selects Hernan E. Peña Jr. as VP of engineering

Hernan E. Peña Jr., director of traffic and transportation at the City of Charleston, has been named vice president of engineering at the Charleston County Aviation Authority, owner and operator of Charleston International Airport (CHS).  

Statement on travel, Belgium terror attack

A statement from Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, regarding travel and the Belgium terror attacks.

Conceptual plan for Mother Emanuel AME tribute unveiled

The Charleston International Airport tribute to the victims and survivors of the Mother Emanuel AME Church shootings will be a place for reflection and contemplation, and it will showcase for millions of visitors the remarkable community response that followed the tragic events of June 17, 2015.

CHS hosts its first DBE Fly-In

More than 100 business owners from around the state turned out last Friday for the South Carolina Airports DBE Fly-In hosted by Charleston International Airport (CHS).

Temporary lane closures start Jan. 25

Construction in front of the Charleston International Airport will result in temporary lane closures affecting those dropping off and picking up passengers beginning Monday, January 25.

Charleston International welcomes record number of passengers in 2015

Charleston International Airport greeted a record 3.4 million passengers in 2015, breaking its 2014 record and marking a fifth consecutive year of growth.

Christmas travel: Plan ahead, arrive early, wrap packages later

Christmas week is a busy time of year at CHS.  In 2014, approximately 59,000 travelers flew in and out of the airport during the week of Christmas.  Another 60,000 or so people flew in and out of CHS during the week of New Year’s in 2014.

Southwest at CHS begins flying to Denver this summer

Southwest Airlines will begin Saturday service between Charleston International Airport (CHS) and Denver International Airport (DEN) this coming summer. The weekly nonstop flight begins on June 11, 2016.

CCAA revenue bonds upgraded to A+ on improved enplanements

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has raised its rating on the Charleston County Airport District's 2013A and 2013B airport revenue bonds to A+ from A based on strong enplanement growth.

JetBlue launches Fort Lauderdale service, announces another new route

JetBlue Airways will add a third daily flight between Charleston and Washington’s Reagan National Airport starting May 4. The news comes on the heels of today’s launch of nonstop daily service to Fort Lauderdale and an earlier announcement that JetBlue would in April 2016 add a second Boston route from CHS.

JetBlue launches daily service to Fort Lauderdale

JetBlue Airways at Charleston International Airport (CHS) is making it easier for Lowcountry residents to visit Florida with daily nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Florida.  

Construction milestones reached just in time for holiday travel

This weekend some big changes are coming to Charleston International Airport – just in time to make holiday travel a little easier. Closed for more than a year, the traffic lanes in front of the terminal will reopen on Saturday morning and the new exit lane for arriving passengers will open in the airport’s Central Hall.

Thanksgiving tops the list for busiest time for holiday travel

More people travel through Charleston International Airport for Thanksgiving compared with Christmas, but the busiest travel day for turkey day might not be what you think. More people travel on Thanksgiving Day to avoid the travel crush, right? Not at CHS.

Plan ahead for hassle free Thanksgiving travel

Thanksgiving weekend is the busiest travel time of the year. Here are some helpful tips to make the passenger experience with Charleston International Airport as good as grandma’s turkey day pumpkin pie.  

Alaska Airlines launches CHS to Seattle service

Alaska Airlines is expanding its Seattle hub with new service from Seattle to Charleston, the seventh new city the carrier has added this year, following last month's start of service from Seattle to Raleigh/Durham. A popular destination for both business and pleasure, Charleston has rich history while being a major business hub for companies worldwide.

JetBlue adds second route from CHS to Boston

JetBlue today announced that it will add a second daily flight between Charleston and Boston beginning in April 2016.  

CHS taxiway improvements get the go ahead

Charleston International Airport’s effort to improve its taxiways will take off soon with the help of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Database created to identify businesses owned by women and minorities

The Charleston County Aviation Authority has created a database designed to identify women- and minority-owned companies interested in future business opportunities with the CCAA and its three airports. The initiative is one of several undertaken by the CCAA in 2015 to build partnerships in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

Traffic light malfunctioning at S. Aviation Ave. and International Blvd.

The Charleston County Aviation Authority is asking local commuters to avoid the intersection of South Aviation Avenue and International Boulevard until further notice due to a malfunctioning traffic light.  

Aviation Authority Board elects new chairman

The Charleston County Aviation Authority Board today elected officers, including a new leader following Chairman Andy Savage’s decision to step down due to a busy work schedule.

Aviation Authority adopts interim regulations for ride share operators

Ride-share provider UberX can now legally operate a Charleston International Airport.  

Seattle, Fort Lauderdale service coming to Charleston International Airport

November will be a big month for new air service at Charleston International Airport (CHS). First up is Alaska Airlines transcontinental service to Seattle followed by JetBlue service to Fort Lauderdale.

Traffic light change coming to International Boulevard

A change is coming to the intersection of International Boulevard and South Aviation Avenue on Monday, July 27.

Harvest & Grounds Bakery and Coffee opens for business

Finally! There’s a place in the airport to get a cup of coffee before you go through security or while you wait for your bags to come off the plane.

New JetBlue service connects Charleston and Fort Lauderdale starting Nov. 19

JetBlue today announced it will offer daily nonstop service between Charleston International Airport (CHS) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) starting Nov. 19. The addition nonstop service between Charleston and Fort Lauderdale brings CHS’ destinations to 24 airports in 19 cities in the United States and Canada.

Aviation Authority CFO to lead Southeastern group of airport executives

Chief Financial Officer Judith Olmstead has been elected to serve as the 2015-2016 president of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. Olmstead will assume her new role in July.  

Aviation Authority surpasses blood drive goal of 40 pints

More than 30 people at Charleston International Airport donated 43 pints of blood during the May Aviation Authority/American Red Cross Blood Drive, helping reach and surpass the goal of collecting 40 pints of blood.  

DeSano Pizza Bakery opens its CHS restaurant

DeSano Pizza Bakery is the first of the airport’s new food and beverage concessions to open as part of the $189 million Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP).

Two SC State students picked for aviation internship program

Two South Carolina State students have been selected as the first to participate in the Charleston County Aviation Authority’s internship program.  

Retail store the first of all-new airport shopping planned at CHS

Low Country Harley-Davidson opened its doors to Charleston International Airport travelers on May 4. It is the first in an all-new lineup of retail shopping coming to the airport as part of the $189 million Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP).

Alaska Airlines starting Charleston to Seattle nonstop service

Charleston’s growing air service reached a milestone with the announcement that Alaska Airlines is adding direct, non-stop transcontinental flights between Seattle–Tacoma International Airport and Charleston International Airport starting Nov. 16. Nonstop flights begin this fall, introductory fares starting at $139* and $159* now on sale.

United Airlines moving to Concourse B8 and B10

United Airlines is moving from its long-time home on Concourse A to make way for renovations that are part of the $189 million Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP).

CHS opens new addition to Concourse B

New gates, new look, great passenger experience. It’s been 18 months in the making. On Tuesday, April 14, Charleston International Airport will open its new addition to Concourse B.

CHS consolidated TSA screening checkpoint opens April 15

The airport opens its new consolidated TSA screening checkpoint on Wednesday, April 15.  Currently the TSA operates two separate checkpoints at CHS.  The new, single checkpoint will screen all passengers flying out of Charleston International, regardless of airline.

One lane of International Boulevard near airport to close for construction

One lane of International Boulevard near the airport will be closed for three nights next week to accommodate construction by Boeing South Carolina.

American Airlines, US Airways at CHS on the move Tuesday

On Tuesday, US Airways and American Airlines will open new ticket counters on the west side of the CHS Ticketing Hall. The move from old counters built in the 1980s to new, modern ticket counters will transform the passenger check-in experience.

Changes coming to TSA screening locations at CHS

Passengers traveling out of Charleston International Airport on Tuesday, April 14, will want to give themselves extra time to get through security. Work is under way to move to and open the new consolidated TSA screening checkpoint.

Silver Airways starts flights from CHS to Orlando and Tampa

Silver Airways, Florida’s largest intrastate airline, is now providing a convenient air service link between Charleston, S.C., and Central Florida.  The airline today started daily nonstop service from Charleston International Airport (CHS) to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).

S.C. State first to participate in new CCAA internship program

S.C. State University will be the first higher education institution to participate in a new internship program created by the Charleston County Aviation Authority for Charleston International Airport and its two general aviation airports on Johns Island and in Mount Pleasant.

More to love: Southwest announces more new service for CHS

Southwest Airlines announced today that it will start daily, non-stop service between Charleston and Dallas Love Field starting Aug. 9. The announcement comes just two weeks after the airline announced new, Saturday only service.

Airport Complex creates jobs, pumps billions into local economy

Charleston International Airport pumps more than $1 billion dollars into the region’s economy through the jobs at its terminal and those jobs created as a result of visiting air travelers, according to a new study by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce that examines the economic impact of the Charleston International Airport Aviation Complex, which includes Joint Base Charleston and Boeing South Carolina.

Two lanes of International Boulevard shifting

Due to construction by Boeing, traffic using the outbound lanes of International Boulevard will be detoured beginning Wednesday, Feb. 18.

CHS gives Porter Airlines a southern welcome for inaugural flight

Passengers celebrated alongside Porter Airlines today on its inaugural flight from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Charleston, S.C., the company’s newest seasonal destination. This is the only non-stop flight connecting Canada and Charleston.

Southwest adds weekly service to Dallas Love Field

Southwest Airlines will add Saturday service from Charleston International Airport to Dallas Love Field beginning April 11.

Utility work on International Boulevard could slow traffic

Motorists, including anyone flying out of Charleston International Airport in the next week, are advised to use caution and anticipate minor delays while traveling on International Boulevard.  

Charleston International passengers paying less for domestic airfare

Passengers flying out of Charleston International Airport are paying less for average domestic airfare than those at other regional airports recently ranked by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Charleston International Airport sets new passenger record

Charleston International Airport (CHS) set an all-time record of 3.13 million passengers flying in and out of the airport in 2014. It is the first time ever that the airport has topped 3 million passengers. The 2014 passenger count is a 7 percent increase over 2013 and a whopping 55 percent increase since 2010.

CHS apron expansion receives award of excellence

The 2013 apron expansion project at Charleston International Airport has been recognized with the American Concrete Pavement Association’s Excellence in Concrete Pavement award.

Silver Airways connecting CHS to more Florida destinations

Silver Airways is introducing a new and convenient link between Charleston, S.C., and Central Florida. Starting March 19, 2015, the airline will offer daily nonstop service between Charleston and Orlando, and between Charleston and Tampa. In addition to the nonstop service, the new flights from Charleston are designed to offer travelers easy one-stop service to Fort Lauderdale, including at least one direct flight in each direction on weekdays.  

New airline ticket counters open, JetBlue, United move in

United Airlines and JetBlue Airways are the first to make the move from the old counters built in the late 1980s to the new, modern ticket counters that will transform the passenger check-in experience.  

Porter Airlines dances its way to Charleston International Airport

Porter Airlines is introducing seasonal service between Charleston, S.C., and Toronto. From February 14 to May 2, 2015, Porter will operate one weekly round-trip flight, with introductory one-way fares. 

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