TSA official: 'Charleston is no longer a sleepy little airport'

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Charleston International Airport is busier than ever and is now breaking records for the number of passengers flying in and out of the airport.

In 2013, nearly 2.9 million passengers either arrived at the airport or departed from it.

Officials with the Charleston Aviation Authority said the 2013 numbers are a 10 percent increase over the 2012 total of 2.6 million passengers.

"These are exciting times at the airport," said Paul Campbell, director of airports. "Our passenger traffic is growing thanks in part to the great publicity Charleston and the Lowcountry have received from national travel publications and from the great support of the airlines doing business here."

The Transportation Security Administration recently placed Charleston International Airport among the top airports in the nation when it comes to the number of departing passengers.

"Charleston is no longer a sleepy little airport but the gateway to one of the top tourist destinations in the world," said Debra Engel, TSA federal security director.