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. Since 2010 the airport has grown 83 percent, soaring throughout a four-year renovation and redevelopment project in which the airport essentially was demolished from the inside then rebuilt and expanded.
“We are proud that the airport not only reflects the genuine charm and hospitality of the region but is a world-class facility that is a proven contributor to the region’s economy,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, which owns and operates the airport.
The strength of tourism and continued growth in the aerospace, transportation and technology business sectors has allowed CHS to remain a vital part of the Lowcountry’s economy. CHS pumps more than $1 billion dollars into the local economy through jobs at its terminal and those created by visiting air travelers.
At the airport in 2016:
- JetBlue Airways added a second daily nonstop flight to Boston and a third flight to Washington’s Reagan National Airport.
- Southwest Airlines launched Saturday only flights to Denver. (Starting June 4 this year, Southwest will fly nonstop to Denver seven days a week.)
This year, Southwest also is adding weekend service to St. Louis. In the spring American Airlines will go from 18 to 23 flights a day, increasing mainline flights to its hub in Charlotte and doubling its seat capacity to Dallas-Fort Worth. In addition American will add two more daily nonstop flights to Philadelphia and one to Miami
“Our strategic priorities will guide us as we embark on future expansion,” Campbell said. “We will work to enhance and sustain our air service and to provide passengers with unparalleled customer service while managing the airport in the most efficient, safe and economical way.”