Charleston International Building Massive New Concourse With $23 Million Govt Funding


Charleston International Airport has secured $23 million in funding, marking the largest grant of this fiscal year from the Airport Improvement Program. This funding will support the construction of a new six-gate concourse, expanding the airport’s current capacity of 18 gates across two concourses. Last year, the airport witnessed over 6 million passengers.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations notes that Senator Graham initially requested $25 million for a new apron. The $23 million allocated to the Charleston County Aviation Authority, which manages the airport, represents one of the fiscal year’s most substantial allocations under the Airport Improvement Program. This expansion aims to enhance service by offering more nonstop flights, facilitating quicker and more cost-effective travel for business commuters to and from Charleston.

Charleston International Airport is actively engaging airlines to introduce nonstop services to destinations important to local businesses, like Boeing and Mercedes. Notably, the airport commenced a daily nonstop flight to Toronto with Air Canada in April 2024. As part of its master plan, the airport is also set to construct an additional parking garage and a two-story rental car pavilion, with these developments being funded through revenue bonds and totaling an estimated $300 million.