Charleston International Airport sets new passenger record

Charleston International Airport sets new passenger record

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials say the Charleston International Airport has set an all-time record of 3.13 million passengers flying in and out of the airport in 2014.

According to airport officials, it's the first time ever the airport has topped 3 million passengers.

A press release states the 2014 passenger count is a 7 percent increase over 2013 and a 55 percent increase since 2010.

"We are fortunate that Charleston International Airport continues to grow and has the support of the community and the passengers that choose us and the airlines that operate here for their flying needs," said Paul G. Campbell Jr., director of airports for the Charleston County Aviation Authority.

The Lowcountry's recognition as a top tourist destination for both U.S. and international travelers and its growing business climate, including the aerospace, industrial and digital media sectors, are among the top reasons that air travel through CHS continues to grow, Campbell said.

CHS passengers have access to 21 airports in 17 cities in the United States and Canada. This includes new service to Toronto via Porter Airlines (effective Feb. 14) and to Orlando and Tampa, Fla., on Silver Airways (effective March 19).

In addition to the new airlines, CHS is served by Delta Air Lines, US Airways, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways.

Information provided by the Charleston International Airport.