CHS change right around the corner
When the current passenger terminal complex at Charleston International Airport was dedicated on March 30, 1985, it was modern and state-of-the-art for the time and served the needs of the community and the traveling public. More than 25 years later, a lot has changed and it is time for Charleston International Airport to change too.
The popularity of air travel has grown significantly and, with many changes in the aviation industry, the time has come to update and expand the current airport facility to address the needs of the traveling public now and for generations to come.
Charleston International Airport is an important part of the economic engine that drives the South Carolina Lowcountry. For business travelers and tourists looking to soak up the grace and charm of the region, the airport is the first and last impression for nearly 2.6 million passengers each year.
The goal of the Charleston County Aviation Authority is to provide a first-class facility that echoes the quality, culture and beauty of Charleston, the Lowcountry and the state of South Carolina.
The Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program will be completed in phases. Note the timeline is subject to change.
Terminal apron expansion
The parking apron will be expanded to provide more room for aircraft around the concourses.
Construction: December 2012 through November 2013.
Rental Car Pavilion
The rental car companies will move from Baggage Claim to a new facility at the northwest end of the terminal building.
Construction: February 2013 to April 2014.
Central Energy Plant
This building will house all the new mechanical equipment that will support the airport terminal.
Construction: June 2013 to July 2014.
Consolidated Security Screening
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Consolidated Checkpoint will provide a single, central security checkpoint for passengers. In addition to increased efficiency, passengers will notice more shopping and dining amenities post-security.
Construction: October 2013 to December 2014.
Baggage Claim renovation and expansion
A third baggage carousel will be added to the Baggage Hall to meet increased needs. Following the addition of the third carousel, the original two baggage carousels will be replaced and the entire area will be renovated.
Construction: August of 2013 to June 2014.
Central Hall renovation
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 be highlighted by floor-to-ceiling windows to give passengers and visitors expansive views of the airfield. Concession and retail space will also be available.
Construction: January 2014 to July 2015.
The airline Ticketing Hall will have a more open, brighter feel when renovation has been completed. Passengers will have more convenient access to security after checking in for their flights.
Construction: January 2014 to May 2015
Concourse B will be extended to add five new gates, bringing the airport’s total gates to 15. Additionally, Concourse B will be renovated to provide updated customer amenities.
Construction: September 2013 to May 2015.
Although no gates will be added, this concourse will be renovated to provide updated customer amenities and a look and feel consistent with the overall airport renovation project.
Construction: October 2014 to August 2015.
Utility systems upgrade
All utility systems will be upgraded, increasing the energy efficiency of the terminal building. This upgrade will be completed concurrently with the renovation of each individual area.