Charleston International Airport sees increase in travelers

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A new quarantine requirement is in place for those traveling from or through South Carolina. The requirement means that travelers heading from SC to Kansas, New Mexico, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Chicago, will have to self-isolate for two weeks upon arrival. Those traveling to Vermont can skip the mandatory quarantine period if they can provide a recent negative COVID-19 test. Each state has a different method for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the travel restrictions.

Despite the quarantines put in place, the Charleston International Airport said business hasn’t been this busy since before March 15th. Elliott Summey, the CEO and Director of the Charleston International Airport, described the increase in passengers over the last week as ‘God sent’. 

We saw roughly 33,400 passengers come through the airport, which is a lot better than what we’ve been experiencing. Now, keep in mind that’s still compared to the 98,000 people we had last year for the same week—so it’s still not great comparatively to previous years. But compared to the last few months, it was a God sent. 

Elliott Summey, CEO/ Director Charleston International Airport 

Summey added that he does not believe the travel restrictions will negatively impact the airport, but rather that as the pandemic continues and individuals get used to the new normal—consumer confidence will go up. 

I think people realized that flying on a plane is about just as dangerous as going to a restaurant or going to a retail center at this point.

Elliott Summey, CEO/ Director Charleston International Airport 

As for if the airport is seeing a trend in origin cities of passengers, Summey said that individuals are from all over. He added it is a, ‘typical Charleston tourism season’ with individuals from across the country, this despite no overseas travelers.

If you’re planning on taking a trip through the Charleston International Airport, they do ask that you follow the CDC guidelines by social distancing and wearing a mask.

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