CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A new addition to the Charleston International Airport opened on Tuesday.
The extension, which adds more than 16,000 square feet and five new gates, has been 18 months in the making.
It features a lounge area and extra spots for phone and computer charging, and brighter banquette style seating.
The new extension is part of a two-year "make-over" with a price tag of 189 million dollars.
But the construction project's November deadline is in sight.
It's space that's needed due to the influx of travelers flooding the Charleston area.
"Last year we exceeded three million passengers, arriving and departing," said Deputy Director of Airports for Facilities John Connell."We really don't see any end in sight."
"It's a needed expansion. It's a good face lift for the most popular city in America," Sen. Lindsey Graham said.
When the terminal redevelopment is complete, Charleston will have a total of 15 gates, which is five more than what the airport had before.
"I love it, I think it's good progress and it makes you want to come back," said traveler Peter McArdle.
In the coming weeks, the old part of Concourse B will be closed as the renovation continues.
Right around the same time, renovation will begin on Concourse A.
The first flights out of the new gates left at 5:45 and 6 Tuesday morning.