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About Charleston International Airport

Charleston International Airport

Credit: Cdamgen on Wikimedia Commons

Charleston International Airport is an airport in North Charleston, South Carolina that is used for both commercial and military flights. Although technically an international airport, the airport currently mainly facilitates domestic flights within the US on American carriers, with one seasonal transatlantic service to London on British Airways.

There are no airlines that currently use Charleston International as a hub. 

The airport opened in the 1930s and has undergone a number of expansions and renovations, with the most notable coming with new terminal buildings in 1949 and 1987.

Charles International is one of the largest and busiest airports in North Carolina, second only to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.


What is the airport code for Charleston International Airport?

The airport code for Charleston International is CHS.

Airport Location

Charleston International Airport is located in North Charleston, South Carolina, northwest of downtown Charleston. It takes between 20–45 minutes to drive to Charleston International Airport from downtown Charleston.


Information sign airport 

Facilities Include:

  • WIFI
  • Mobile charging stations
  • Dining
  • Shopping
  • Passenger assistance
  • Airport lounge
  • Animal relief area
  • Parking
  • Car rental
  • Currency exchange
  • ATMs

Lounges by terminal:

The Club CHS

Located at: Main Concourse (past security)

  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • WIFI
  • Flight monitors
  • TV screens
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Internet terminals

Book Lounge Passes for Charleston International Airport

Did you know that you can buy lounge passes for Charleston International Airport with Alternative Airlines? You can purchase them for The Club CHS.


The airport has two runways  — runway 15/33 (2,744 m x 61 m) and runway 3/21 (2,134 m x 46 m), which are used both for commercial and military flights. 


There is one main terminal building at Charleston International Airport, it has been expanded and renovated a number of times since the airport has existed. The current terminal building was last re-built in 1986 and underwent its last major renovation in 2016. 

Departures and arrivals are located on the same floor. Post-security, the airport is split into two Concourses, each named by letter — Concourse A and Concourse B. 

Concourse A is mainly used by Delta and Delta Connection, whereas other airlines at the airport use Concourse B.

Airlines that fly to Charleston International Airport

There are no airlines based at Charleston International.

These are the following airlines that fly to/from the airport.

Alaska Airlines USA
Allegiant Air USA
American Airlines USA
American Eagle USA
British Airways England
Delta & Delta Connection USA
Frontier USA
JetBlue USA
Southwest Airlines USA
United & United Express USA

Top Destinations

Top Domestic Routes

June 2018–May 2019
Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Atlanta, Georgia 455,520 Delta
2 Charlotte, North Carolina 243,740 American
3 New York–JFK, New York 160,430 Delta, JetBlue
4 Washington–National, D.C 136,530 American, JetBlue
5 Chicago O'Hare, Illinois 130,220 American, Frontier, United


How to get to Charleston International Airport


By driving

There a number of car rental companies at the airport, as well as parking facilities.

The airport can be reached from International Boulevard off of interstate 526.

By bus

Charleston's public bus company, CARTA, offers two different routes that connect Charleston International with downtown Charleston.

The XP4 bus routes is an express bus route that travels once an hour. Whereas route 11 travels more frequently but has more stops.

Here are the two bus routes and their main stops


  • East Bay St/ Calhoun St
  • North Charleston Visitors Center/ Fire Museum
  • Tanger Outlet Center
  • Charleston International Airport


  • Mary St/ Meeting St
  • Morrison Dr/ Meeting St
  • Spruill Ave/ Little Ave
  • N. Charleston SuperStop on rIVERS aVE
  • Dorchester Rd/ SC Vocational Rehab Center
  • Centre Pointe DR/ Tanger Outlet Blvd
  • Leeds Ave/ Dorchester Rd (CARTA)
  • Dorchester Rd/ Oscar Johnson Dr
  • Charleston International Airport

By taxi

There are no taxi lights on taxis in Charleston, therefore, it's not possible to flag down a taxi. The best way of getting a taxi is to pre-book one from a local taxi company. You can do this yourself or by getting the person(s) in charge of your accommodation to order it for you i.e the person at the front desk of a hotel.

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