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.
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
Southwest adds St. Louis, Denver routes to its CHS schedule
Starting June 4, Charleston residents will be able to fly nonstop to St. Louis, and the popular Denver destination is coming back seven days a week. But wait, there's more. There will be even more opportunities to fly to Baltimore and Nashville.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.