CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - More people traveled for Thanksgiving at Charleston International Airport than last year, according to the latest numbers from the airport.
Thanksgiving travel increased by 10 percent above the same period in 2015, airport spokesperson Charlene Gunnells said. That figure puts the airport on track toward a fifth consecutive year of record-breaking travel, she said.
"We've witnessed and been a part of a big shift in travel," Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, said. "Suddenly Charleston isn't just a world-class destination for leisure travelers – it is at the center of economic development in the Lowcountry and state of South Carolina."
A total of 95,156 passengers flew in and out of the airport during the Thanksgiving week, up from 86,450 passengers in 2015.
As of October of this year, a total of 3.1 million people flew in and out of the airport. The total number of passengers for all of 2015 was 3.4 million, Gunnells said.
Airport officials say Christmas travel is not as busy as Thanksgiving, but they still expect Charleston's airport to be busy. Despite that, airport officials advise travelers to plan ahead and arrive early to find parking, check in, and go through security screening in time to board their flights.