Thanksgiving travel increased a solid 10 percent over 2015, keeping Charleston International Airport on track toward a fifth consecutive year of record-breaking passenger numbers.
The airport saw 95,156 passengers flying in and out of CHS during Thanksgiving week. That is up from 86,450 passengers in 2015.
Each of the last four years Charleston International has broken records for passenger counts. Last year’s record topped 3.4 million people. Through October this year 3.1 million people have already flown in or out of the airport. That’s an increase of a quarter-million people compared to the same 10 months of 2015.
“We’ve witnesses and been a part of a big shift in travel,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority. “Suddenly Charleston isn’t just a world-class destination for leisure travelers – it is at the center of economic development in the Lowcountry and state of South Carolina.”
Charleston International Airport provides nonstop air service to 21 airports in 16 U.S. cities, the most of any South Carolina airport. The airport pumps more than $1 billion dollars annually into the region’s economy through jobs at the terminal and those created to serve visiting travelers and support businesses that have moved here.
Christmas travel is not as busy as Thanksgiving, but CHS expects to be busy. Travelers should plan ahead and arrive early to find parking, check in and go through security screening in time to board their flights.