CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The passenger count at Charleston International Airport took a dip when compared to January 2017.
At least part of the 11.6 percent plunge can be blamed on the Lowcountry snow storm which closed the airport for the better part of three days, according to Charleston County Aviation Authority CEO Paul Campbell.
January saw 218,748 people fly in and out of the airport, down from 247,526 during January 2017. The airport saw a record 3,987,427 passengers pass through in 2017.
"We were disappointed to see the decrease but it was expected," Campbell said. "With two new airlines, several new routes and travel remaining at a high, I am confident 2018 will be another record-breaking year."
Campbell said new routes from American to Chicago and Delta to Boston, as well as the addition of Frontier and Allegiant airlines, should put the airport over four million passengers in 2018.