Charleston International Airport (CHS) is centrally located in the Charleston, S.C., metropolitan area and provides a first impression of the local community to the nearly 3 million passengers annually coming to the South Carolina Lowcountry for business and leisure activities.
CHS is one of three public airports owned and operated by the Charleston County Aviation Authority (CCAA). The others are Charleston Executive Airport (JZI) on Johns Island and the Mount Pleasant Regional Airport (LRO).
Chartered in 1970 by the State of South Carolina as a special purpose district, the CCAA is responsible for managing, operating and developing all public airports in the Charleston County Airport District. The CCAA is governed by a 11-member board made up of local mayors, state and county elected officials and business leaders from the region. The goal of the Charleston County Aviation Authority is to provide first-class facilities that embrace the history, culture and beauty of Charleston and the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
Charleston International’s main terminal houses the airlines and related contractors, restaurant and retail concessionaires, the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Patrol and the CCAA staff and administrative offices. In addition to the terminal building, the airport property houses an air cargo facility, fixed-based operators Landmark Aviation and Atlantic Aviation, parking for nearly 5,000 cars and rental car, taxi, shuttle and valet parking services. Also on site are the airport fuel farm and a CCAA law enforcement facility.
The runways at CHS are owned by the U.S. Air Force and Joint Base Charleston and are shared through what is the longest running civilian/military joint-use agreement of its kind with the Department of Defense. Boeing South Carolina sits on approximately 730 acres of land on International Boulevard near CHS. Boeing fabricates, assembles and installs rear fuselage systems on the 787 Dreamliner. The site is also home to the company’s newest 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery facility and is expanding to include a paint facility.
Combined with other aerospace- and aviation-related industry in the Lowcountry, the airport, Air Force and Boeing have an economic impact of nearly $7 billion.
CHS Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan