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Hurricane Matthew Information

10/4/2016
 
Updates about airport operations will be posted here as information becomes available and as long as weather permits. These updates are not a substitute for contacting your airline for up-to-date status information about cancellations, delays or rebooking flights if there are cancellations. Please contact your airline directly for that information.

Update
9:40 a.m., Monday, Oct. 10
Charleston International Airport is operating normally today.

Passengers scheduled to fly this week or who rebooked their flights during the storm should contact their airline for flight status information.

The airport expects to be busy today. Please allow extra time to park, check in and go through security screening.

This will be our last storm update.

3 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016
Airlines can resume flights at noon today. Please check your flight status with your airline.

1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

All the airlines at Charleston International Airport have ceased operations for today. Dining and shopping concessions are also closed.

Emergency personnel remain on site.

No air service is scheduled for Saturday. Plans for Sunday will be announced at a later time.

Passengers scheduled to fly this weekend should contact their airline directly for the most up-to-date information about delays and cancellations, or to rebook flights.

We will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew’s track. If there are changes to our operations, updates will be posted at chs-airport.com and the airport’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Should our web site go down, updates will be posted on our social media channels as information is available.

10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

 
By lunchtime today all airlines at Charleston International Airport will have ceased air service operations until Hurricane Matthew passes the area. The runways are expected to close by 11:59 p.m. and will remain closed until weather conditions make it safe for aircraft to take off and land again. At this time no air service is scheduled for Saturday.

A recap of air service today:
  • JetBlue and Alaska Airlines will not have air service today.
  • United Airlines will have a handful of flights this morning.
  • American Airlines has cancelled all flights starting at noon.
  • Delta Air Lines has cancelled all flights after 1 p.m. The last arrival is at noon. Delta’s final departure is at 12:50 p.m.
  • Southwest Airlines has cancelled all flights after its 12:20 p.m. departure.
Passengers should contact their airline directly to rebook flights and to receive the most up-to-date information about delays and cancellations.

We will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew’s track. If there are changes to our operations, updates will be posted at chs-airport.com and the airport’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Should our web site go down, updates will be posted on our social media channels.
 
5:13 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
Charleston International Airport will be open on Friday, Oct. 7 with limited air service provided by our airlines.  At this time it is not anticipated that there will be air service in or out of Charleston International on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Passengers should contact their airline directly to rebook flights and to receive the most up-to-date information about delays and cancellations.

JetBlue and Alaska Airlines will not have air service on Friday.

United Airlines will have a handful of flights Friday morning.

American Airlines has cancelled all flights after Noon on Friday.

Delta Air Lines will cancel all flights after 1 p.m. Friday. The last arrival will be at noon. Delta’s final departure on Friday will be at 12:50 p.m. At this time Delta will not have service on Saturday and, weather permitting, plans to resume operations on Sunday around 11 a.m.

Southwest Airlines has cancelled all Friday flights after its 12:20 departure.

The move to limited air service follows Joint Base Charleston’s decision to close the CHS runways at 11:59 p.m. Friday. The decision is based on forecasts calling for high winds. 

Joint Base Charleston owns the runways at Charleston International Airport, which has use via a joint use agreement with the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense.

We continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew’s track. If there are changes to our operations, updates will be posted at chs-airport.com and the airport’s official Facebook and Twitter pages
 
11:20 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
We continue to operate normally today. Some flghts from CHS to Florida may be affected by Hurricane Matthew. Please check flight status with your airline.

Our teams are meeting later today to assess the track of Hurricane Matthew and its impact on airport operations on Friday. Updates will come as soon as more information is available.

Passengers and those meeting arrivals should contact their airline for up-to-date flight status information to include delays, cancellations and, if necessary, rebooking flights.

Updates also will be posted on the airport’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

A full four-lane reversal on Interstate 26 remains in effect and begins at the intesection of Interstate 526. If traveling East toward Charleston, airport access will be via state highways and surface streets. From Interstate 526 take the Airport/International Boulevard exit. For more information about the I-26 lane reversal, go to the S.C. Department of Transportation at http://www.scdot.org/getting/evacuation.aspx

6:15 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016
It is expected that all CHS airlines will operate normally on Thursday, Oct. 6.

We expect the airport to be very busy as many passengers have rescheduled flights to get ahead of Hurricane Matthew. Please allow extra time to park, check in with your airline and to go through the security screening checkpoint. Expect longer than usual lines during the check in and screening process and at our shopping and dining establishments after security.

Passengers and those meeting arrivals should contact their airline for up-to-date flight status information to include delays, cancellations and, if it becomes necessary, rebooking flights.

Information regarding Friday airport operations will be posted later and will be dependent upon weather conditions, forecasts for the hurricane and airline operations. Updates also will be on the airport’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016
During an airport briefing today all the airlines at Charleston International Airport announced they will have full service today and Thursday, Oct. 6 as long as weather provides safe flying conditions and the runways remain open.

No decision has been made yet about air service on Friday and Saturday. Exception: Friday's Alaska Air service to Seattle has been cancelled. Passengers should contact the airline to rebook.

Passengers and those meeting arrivals should contact their airline for up-to-date flight status information to include delays, cancellations and, if it become necessary, rebooking flights.

10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

Starting at 3 today, a full lane reversal takes effect for Hurricane Matthew early evacuation. Plan your trip to the airport accordingly via state highways and surface streets, especially if driving East into the area.

Charleston to Columbia - A full, four lane reversal on I-26 in Charleston begins at the interchange of I-26 and I-526. The full reversal continues west until the I-26 crossover to I-77 just outside Columbia in Lexington County.

For more information, go to the S.C. Department of Transportation web site at this link: http://www.scdot.org/getting/evacuation.aspx

7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

So far today no flights have been cancelled and only minor delays are being reported by the airlines at CHS. We expect it to be a busy day as passengers rearrange flight plans ahead of Hurricane Matthew. Please allow extra time to park, check in and go through security in case there are lines.

Passengers flying over the next several days should contact their airlines for information about cancellations and rebooking due to weather conditions associated with Hurricane Matthew.

As information about airport operating conditions is available it will be posted at chs-airport.com and on the airport’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

4:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

The Governor of South Carolina has ordered an evacuation of Lowcountry counties, to include Charleston County, begining on Wednesday, October 5. Charleston International Airport antiicipates normal airport operations on Oct. 5. Sometime on Wednesday a decision will be made regarding airport operations for Thursday, Oct. 6. Independently airlines will make decisions about flying as long as conditions remain safe.

Passengers should contact their airline for information regarding the arriving or departing flights.

3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

The Charleston County Aviation Authority is closely monitoring Hurricane Matthew in concert with local emergency preparedness agencies.  Charleston International Airport is operating normally at this time.

Passengers should contact their airline for the most up-to-date information regarding arriving and departing flights over the next several days.

As information becomes available about changing operating conditions updates will be posted at chs-airport.com and on the airport’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Aviation Authority employees should watch their email and check with their supervisors about changing conditions.  Airport tenants should consult their supervisors for information about changing weather conditions.
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