Charleston’s airport sees highest number of holiday travelers in 2 years

Published: Dec. 24, 2021 at 4:00 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 24, 2021 at 7:45 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Despite a surge of the omicron variant across the country, Charleston International Airport is seeing more travelers for this Christmas holiday week than the past two years.

Passenger numbers for the Christmas holiday are up an average of 112% over the same time last year, Charleston International Airport spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

The number of passengers at Charleston International Airport has risen 5% from their busiest year in 2019, with the busiest days this week being Monday through Thursday.

AAA reported that 109 million people will travel 50 miles or more between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2, up almost 34% from 2020. In addition, airlines will see a 184% increase this year from last year.

Thousands of flights have been canceled across the country and world due to the omicron surge, but according to Flight Aware, CHS has only seen four flight cancellations today, and the exact cause of those cancellations is unknown.

“None of the lines were too long,” Surah Tadikamalla, who is visiting from Michigan, said. “It was early in the morning, so I guess the lines weren’t too bad.”

“I think you can just trust that it will be fine as long as you’re patient and smile and be friendly with others,” Stephen Boerigter, who is visiting from New Mexico, said.

Airport officials said it’s always a good idea to check your flight status before coming to the airport.

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