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CHS advises travelers to arrive early for Thanksgiving flights

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Passengers wait in line at the security checkpoint at Charleston International Airport on Tuesday. (Photo/Liz Segrist)

Charleston International Airport expects Thanksgiving week to be on par with last year, when nearly 100,000 people flew in and out for the holiday.

Airport officials are advising passengers to plan ahead and arrive early, allowing extra time to find parking, check baggage and get through the security screening process.

“Thanksgiving is the kickoff to the holiday travel season. With record-breaking numbers last year, we expect to be even busier this year,” Paul Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, said in a news release.

The airport recently completed its $200 million terminal redevelopment and improvement project. New restaurants and shops are now open for travelers, and construction is mostly finished on the newly renovated terminals.

Travel tips from CHS

  • Expect long lines, particularly on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
  • Arrive 90 minutes to two hours early for flights to give enough time for parking, check-in and security.
  • Plan ahead if parking at the airport because it can take time to find a spot. The airport has new rates for parking: $21 a day for valet; $15 a day for the parking deck; $10 a day for the surface lot and $10 a day for the seasonal remote lot. The seasonal remote lot is open if other lots are full. The airport provides a shuttle service to and from the terminal. Payment in the remote lot is by credit or debit card only.
  • Forty spaces are available in the cellphone waiting lot just before the terminal for people picking up passengers at the airport.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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