Published Feb. 3, 2014
Nearly 2.9 million passengers arrived at or departed from the Charleston International Airport in 2013, up 10% from 2012.
Industry growth and tourism continue to bring more passengers to the region, in addition to new airlines and improvements at the airport.
“Our passenger traffic is growing thanks in part to the great publicity Charleston and the Lowcountry have received from national travel publications and from the great support of the airlines doing business here,” Airports Director and state Sen. Paul Campbell said in a statement.
The Transportation Security Administration recently classed Charleston International Airport as a Category I airport for the number of departing passengers.
The designation could give the Charleston County Aviation Authority access to additional Airport Improvement Program funding.
The airport is undergoing its Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program over the next two years to modernize its terminal, add five new gates and consolidate the security checkpoints.
“Charleston is no longer a sleepy little airport, but the gateway to one of the top tourist destinations in the world,” TSA Federal Security Director Debra Engel said in a statement. “We want every passenger to have a good experience, and one key to that is arriving in enough time to check in and get through the security screening process.”