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Charleston International Airport breaks passenger record on July 4th

Charleston International Airport breaks passenger record on July 4th
Charleston International Airport breaks passenger record on July 4th

Nearly 117,000 travelers arrived at Charleston International Airport during the holidays, a new record. (Photo/Paul Warchol Photography)

Nearly 117,000 travelers arrived at Charleston International Airport during the holidays, a new record. (Photo/Paul Warchol Photography)

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Fireworks and hot dogs weren’t the only things available in abundance on July 4th.

According to a press release, nearly 117,000 travelers landed at Charleston International Airport during the holidays, setting a new record.

Compared to last year, holiday visitor traffic increased by 12%, setting a record for the airport, according to the press release. The influx was counted by the Transportation Security Administration’s checkpoint.

“As we wrap up this record-breaking Fourth of July travel season, we are proud to announce an unprecedented number of travelers passing through our airport,” said Elliott Summey, executive director and CEO of Charleston International Airport, in the press release. “This milestone reflects the spirit and resilience of our community and underscores our commitment to providing exceptional service and ensuring a seamless journey for all passengers.”

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By comparison, the US TSA broke a national record on July 7 when it screened over 3 million passengers, the highest number of travelers ever recorded in one day.

Last year, Charleston International Airport expanded its first international Flight to Toronto, Canada and $23 million in federal funding to build six new gates.

“The Charleston area continues to be a top destination for both leisure and business travelers,” said Summey. “Our efforts to attract new airlines with more direct flights to more cities will allow locals to visit other cities and, more importantly, new visitors to our region.”

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