Charleston airport ranks high on expensive airfares

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Passengers at the Charleston International Airport say they're not surprised Charleston ranks so high on the list of most expensive airfares.

A new study released by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration has Charleston ranked number two behind Huntsville, Al. Charleston international airfares have ranked higher than the national average for over 15 years.

Passengers say the prices limit them in their traveling.

"Sometimes we go to Columbia or Savannah because it's too expensive to fly out of Charleston,"one traveler said.

Airport Director Sue Stevens says the addition of Southwest Airlines in the spring could save local travelers 80 million dollars a year in airfares.

Stevens says,"Any time a new carrier comes in we see the prices go down."

Frequent flyers aren't the only ones benefiting. Mary Graham with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce says cheaper airfare means more visitors and tourism dollars.

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