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Charleston Intl. expecting over 100K Thanksgiving week travelers

Charleston Intl. expecting over 100K Thanksgiving week travelers (WCIV)

Around 110,000 flyers were expected at Charleston International Airport during the week of Thanksgiving, according to airport officials. That’s up about 10% from the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday.

“Parking can be an issue,” said Paul Campbell, CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority. He said the airport currently has parking capacity for around 5,000 vehicles, but almost double that number were expected to fly through Charleston International on Wednesday alone.

“The deck will be full from time to time. The surface lot will be full from time to time. The remote lot has a shuttle running all the time so it’s just as convenient,” Campbell added. Flyers who park in the remote lot will have to pay with either a debit or credit card when they exit.

“It’s always a little hectic,” said Tony Ferro, who’s flying to New Jersey “If you got family and friends you’re visiting it's worth it. You can look at the good side or the bad side.”

Construction is expected to begin on a new parking deck in January, according to Campbell. That will add 4,000 new spaces, but it may not be completed until mid-2020.

Officials advised flyers to arrive at the airport two hours prior to departure for domestic flights, and three hours prior to departure for international flights.

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