News 2 has confirmed that Charleston International Airport will close Wednesday night at 11:59 p.m.
Paul Campbell, CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, says the closure is due to safety concerns. In addition to the weather impact from Hurricane Florence, Airmen at Joint Base Charleston are under evacuation orders. Campbell tells News 2 that the Air Force closes the runway when it is down to a “skeleton crew.”
The installation commander at Joint Base Charleston, Col. Terrance Adams, announced the evacuation of the military base on Tuesday.
“The safety of our service members and their families is our priority,” Adams said.
Airmen have moved 24 C-17 aircraft to safe locations in other states. Crews will continue precautionary preparations to secure property that may be exposed to storm conditions.
Joint Base Charleston owns and maintains the runways that are shared between the base, the Aviation Authority and Boeing. The Air Force maintains the airfield in order to ensure military readiness.
The airport terminal building remains open however it is not certified hurricane shelter. The airport is not equipped to provide food, emergency or medical care or other services required of a shelter. The public should not stay in the airport during the storm.
Airport parking facilities will remain open so passengers who are able to return to Charleston may pick up their vehicles.