The Charleston County Aviation Authority announced today that Senator Paul Campbell will retire effective December 31. Senator Campbell's current contract concludes in August and he has graciously agreed to stay through the end of the year to complete the $200 million airport renovation that he has skillfully directed.
"Senator Campbell stepped up when his community called to oversee a complex construction project. He has provided excellent leadership during a critical time of transition while boarding a record number of passengers for each of the past three years,” said Billy Swails, Chairman of Charleston County Aviation Authority.
Andy Savage, former chairman of the board, added "there was one man who could come in and handle this project. That man was Paul Campbell. Every step of the way, Paul has masterfully managed a process that required a unique skillset. It is important to remember that Senator Campbell did not seek the position, but rather we sought him. And as he has done many times throughout his impressive career, he answered his community’s call to serve.”
During Campbell’s tenure at the Charleston County Aviation Authority, he has welcomed expansion from Southwest Airlines as well as the integration of US Airways into American Airlines, and Continental’s merger with United. He also welcomed JetBlue’s new routes to the northeast and now most recently to Fort Lauderdale along with South Carolina’s first transcontinental service with nonstop flights to Seattle on Alaska Airlines.
Even with all of the new service that Campbell welcomed, the incumbent carrier for 80 years in Charleston, Delta Air Lines, maintained its position as market leader through expansion to New York and Detroit as well as a vastly improved frequency with larger aircraft to its mature connecting center in Atlanta.
Senator Campbell was instrumental in landing the Boeing factory in Charleston and as CCAA Executive Director and CEO he continued to promote the development and expansion of Boeing further supporting economic development in our region.
“I will eventually turn over to my successor a new, world class Charleston International Airport facility that continues to set records for enplanements. When fully complete in the coming weeks, we will deliver a passenger experience that the Charleston area residents and visitor alike, will appreciate,” said Campbell.
He added, “I would like to thank the excellent staff of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, as well as the entire airport community, that have pulled together during a difficult building project in order to deliver the best experience possible during adverse work conditions during construction.”