That’s an 8.4% increase from 2015 and an 83% increase from 2010, according to airport passenger data.
Charleston County Aviation Authority CEO Paul Campbell mostly attributes the surge in passenger growth to the region’s continued popularity as a tourist destination, as well as business growth in the aerospace, automotive and technology sectors.
Several of the airport’s airlines have continued to add nonstop service at Charleston, which attracts more travelers.
Most recently, American Airlines announced plans to add two more daily, nonstop flights to Philadelphia and one more daily, nonstop flight to Miami. The airline also plans to fly bigger jets — increasing seat capacity on flights — when flying between Charleston and both Charlotte and Dallas-Forth Worth, according to a news release.