November will be a big month for new air service at Charleston International Airport (CHS).
First in the Charleston skies will be Alaska Airlines, which is scheduled to launch the first coast-to-coast connection with flights between CHS and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Three days later on Nov. 19 JetBlue will start daily nonstop service to Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) International Airport.
“This is huge news for South Carolina and Charleston International Airport,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, which owns and operates CHS along with two general aviation airports.
“With this new service to Seattle on Alaska Airlines the door is open to expand passenger service and explore other West Coast destinations,” he said. “We are proud that our airline partnership with JetBlue is resulting in a new destination connecting the Lowcountry with Ft. Lauderdale. Our customers will be able to enjoy the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area and the Pacific Northwest, and we can bring those folks to our great city.”
Alaska Airlines is Seattle’s largest airline. Growth in the Charleston tourism industry fueled by national accolades from the likes of Conde Nast coupled with a growing economic sector led by Boeing’s growth in Charleston are the catalysts for the growing air service at CHS.
JetBlue came to CHS in February 2013. Fort Lauderdale will become JetBlue’s fourth nonstop market from Charleston, following its successful launches of service to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Boston’s Logan International Airport, and Washington’s Reagan National Airport in the previous three years.
With the addition of service by Alaska Air and JetBlue, and recently Southwest Airlines’ addition of daily nonstop service to Dallas, Lowcountry residents can now travel to 19 cities via 24 airports in the U.S. and Canada.