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Are We (Almost) There Yet? CHS Airport Almost Done

CHS International Airport is almost finished with its $200M makeover with two refurbished gates now open and three more to be delivered by the end of March.  Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the story here.

CHS Area Home Sales Up 14% YTD Thru November 2015

Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the story here that CHS region home sales were up 14% in November year-over-year, but the forecast for 2016 suggests a modest slowing.

CHS Airport Projecting Significant Growth

Officials at Charleston County Aviation Authority are expecting outbound ticketholders to total 2 million in 2023, 25% higher than the record 1.5M reached just last year.  Since 2010, CHS has seen a 55% increase in passenger growth.  The airport just underwent a $200M expansion and renovation adding five new gates.   Delta has the lion’s share of the market here with 32%, American/USAir, now combined, totaled 25%, followed by Southwest at 18% which just started service here in 2010, followed by United at 13% and JetBlue at 11%, but just two years old here.  The Post and Courier’s Warren Wise has the story and statistics here.

JetBlue Adding Daily Flight Between CHS and WDC

JetBlue Airways will start a third daily flight between Ronald Reagan airport in Washington DC in the late Spring.  It just added service between CHS and Fort Lauderdale and earlier in 2015 announced a second route between The Holy City and Boston.  Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the story here.

Still Ranked #1 As Favorite City, Now CHS Ranked Third in Travel Destination

While CHS still ranks as the #1 favorite place to travel to by voters of Conde Nast, John McDermott of The Post and Courier says “Charleston vaulted 10 posts last year to become the No. 3 U.S. travel destination according to TripAdvisor’s latest Traveler’s Choice Awards, behind only New York City and Chicago, and ahead of Las Vegas and Seattle.  The publication mentions 405 things for visitors to do while in the area.

Porter Airlines Connects CHS to Toronto

Porter Airlines will begin its weekly service between CHS and Toronto.  For now, its seasonal service until May 2.  Separately, in mid-March, Silver Airways starts service between CHS and Tampa, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.  Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the story.

Record Airport Traffic at CHS

For the first time ever, CHS passengers totaled 3.13 persons, the first time ever it has surpassed the 3 million mark, 7% more than in 2013 and 1 million more passengers than in just 2010.  Thanks to a solid economic recovery and new airlines to CHS, JetBlue and Southwest, and two new airlines in 2015, Porter Airlines that will serve Toronto and Silver Airways with service to Tampa and Orlando.  Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the story and statistics.

CHS Airport Adding Carrier and Multiple Flights to FL – Tampa, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale

Silver Airways has announced non-stop services daily (weekday) between CHS and three FL cities beginning in March.  And cheap too – with introductory flights starting at $89.  Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the story.

Army Corps Recommends CHS Port Channel Deepening – Even More to 52′

In a 345-page feasibility and environmental impact study, the Army Corps of Engineers recommended deepening of the main navigation channels to the Ports of CHS from 45′ to 52′, even beyond the original 50′ preliminary estimate, that would make CHS the deepest port in the Southeast.  This would be a huge advantage for CHS to attract the imminent trend of larger post-Panamax ships that will arrive on the East Coast in 2016.  The estimated cost is about $509M, with the federal government contributing $166M and the state $343M; the state’s share of the cost is already in reserves.  The Army Corps concluded “the entire project is economically justified.”  John McDermott of The Post and Courier has the story.

CHS Airport at Halfway Point on Renovation/Expansion

The Post and Courier’s Warren Wise brings us an update on the midway point of the $189M renovation and expansion of CHS.