More Flight Options for Charleston in 2015
(Image: Charleston Lowcountry Photography)
Boeing Dreamliner final assembly plant in North Charleston, July 2014
It is (another) exciting and busy year for the Charleston International Airport.
The increasing visibility and popularity of Charleston's booming international tourism industry, coupled with the major aviation improvements completed by Boeing South Carolina and the Charleston County Aviation Authority in recent years, are bringing the demand for and necessity of additional flight options to those traveling to and from Charleston. In 2014, the Charleston Airport serviced a record 3.13 million passengers - an impressive 55% increase since 2010!
The $189 million Charleston Airport expansion and improvement project (began in December 2012) is slated for completion in the fall of 2015. It is the first major renovation project undertaken at the Charleston Airport since it was built in 1985. Check out the before, during, and after construction photo gallery, including artist renderings of the finished project.
Yesterday, Southwest Airlines announced it would begin daily, non-stop service from Charleston to Dallas. This non-stop service will begin on August 9. This comes just 2 weeks after Southwest announced that weekly (Saturday-only) service between Charleston and Dallas would begin on April 11. The addition of Dallas now provides Charleston travelers 5 direct routes via Southwest Airlines (Houston, Nashville, Baltimore, Chicago, and Dallas).
On February 14, Porter Airlines began offering daily, non-stop service to Toronto from Charleston.
On March 19, Silver Airlines will begin offering daily, non-stop service to Orlando and Tampa from Charleston.
As of this spring, Charleston offers direct routes via 8 airlines to 21 airports in 17 cities around the U.S. and Canada.
Come visit Charleston this year...there has not been a better time!
UPDATE: On April 28, 2015, Alaska Airlines announced non-stop service from Charleston, beginning November 16, 2015.