What is the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP)?
When the current passenger terminal complex at Charleston International Airport was dedicated on March 30, 1985, it was state-of-the-art and served well the needs of the community and the traveling public. More than 25 years later, the popularity of air travel has grown significantly and, coupled with many changes in the aviation industry, it is time to update and expand the current airport facility to address the needs of the traveling public for future generations.
The Airport is an important element of the community and provides the first impression for many business and leisure travelers. The goal of the Charleston County Aviation Authority (CCAA) is to provide a first-class facility that echoes the quality, culture and beauty of Charleston and the Lowcountry area.
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TRIP will be completed in components consisting of the following:
Expansion of Terminal Apron
- The Aircraft Parking Apron will be expanded in order to facilitate the expansion of Concourse B. Construction of this area will take place from December 2012 - November 2013.
Addition of a Rental Car Pavilion
- The Rental Car Companies will now conveniently be located within one space which will remain connected to the Baggage Claim Hall. Construction of this area will take place from April 2013 – April 2014.
Construction of a Central Energy Plant (CEP)
- This building will house all the new mechanical equipment that will support the Terminal. Construction of this facility will take place from June 2013 – July 2014.
Addition of TSA Consolidated Screening Checkpoint
- The Consolidated Checkpoint will allow for passengers to be screened in a single location. This will increase passenger amenities available once passing through security. Construction of this area is expected to take place from June 2013 – December 2014.
Renovation of Baggage Hall/Addition of 3rd Baggage Carousel
- A 3rd Baggage Carousel will be added to the Baggage Hall to meet increased needs. Following the addition of the 3rd carousel, the entire space will be renovated. Construction of this area is expected to take place from July of 2013 – June 2014.
Renovation of the Central Hall
- With the addition of the TSA Consolidated Screening Checkpoint, the Central Hall will be renovated to provide a single point of exit from the secure area. This space will remain open and will provide sight lines to the airfield. Concession and retail space will also be available. Construction of this area is expected to take place from January 2014 – July 2015.
Renovation of Ticketing Hall
- The Ticketing Hall will be renovated in order to provide passengers with access to the Consolidated Checkpoint. Passengers will have more convenient access to security after checking-in for their flights. Construction of this area is expected to take place from January 2014 – May 2015
Addition to and Renovation of Concourse B
- Concourse B will be extended to add 5 new gates, bringing the total number of gates to 15. Additionally, Concourse B will be renovated to provide updated customer amenities. Construction of this area is expected to take place from September 2013 – May 2015.
Renovation of Concourse A
- Although no gates will be added, this concourse will be renovated to provide updated customer amenities. Construction of this area is expected to take place from October 2014 – August 2015.
Upgrade of all Utility Systems
- As part of TRIP, all utility systems will be upgraded, increasing the energy efficiency of the building. This upgrade will be completed concurrently with the renovation of each individual area.
Please visit the "Business Opportunities" section of the CCAA website to see current opportunities relative to the TRIP. All posting for Requests for Proposals, Qualifications, or Bids can be downloaded from this website.
The vision for the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Project (TRIP) is a design that will accommodate current and increasing passenger volumes, and provide improved levels of efficiency and customer service for the airlines, tenants, and security, as well as modernize public areas and implement innovative technology.