Travel Alert January 2018: Charleston International Airport Remains Closed Until Further Notice

As a result of the major winter storm which greatly impacted the eastern United States and Canada earlier this week, Charleston International Airport in South Carolina is current closed to all air traffic and will remain so until further notice.

Travel Alert January 2018: Charleston International Airport Remains Closed Until Further Notice

To say that Charleston is a city which is not used to experiencing winter weather is an understatement. “People of South Carolina’s coastal regions on Wednesday skied on the Charleston Battery, used yoga mats and frying pans to go sledding on mounds in Mount Pleasant, and emerged from their homes in Summerville to build snowmen during one of the deepest snowfalls the area has ever seen”, according to this article written b. “Most points in the Lowcountry were touched by the wintry precipitation that, by late in the day, had come within an inch of a 6-inch record set in 1989 at the Charleston International Airport.”

One fatality was reported when a car slid off an icy road in North Charleston earlier this morning and hit and killed a pedestrian.

The following updates have been posted to the official Internet web site of the airport:

Update, 11:30 a.m. Friday Jan. 5

The runways remain closed until further notice. We are working dilligently to reusme operations. When new information become available we will update everyone. Airport leadership remain committed to safety of our airlines and employees at the airport.

Update posted at 10:20 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

From Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority:

Airport leadership anticipates our airlines will be able to resume flights in and out of Charleston International Airport by late Friday afternoon but no later than Saturday morning. Customers scheduled to fly on Friday and Saturday should stay in touch with their air carrier for up-to-date information about flight status.

No flights are expected Friday morning. In addition:
  • Southwest Airlines has cancelled all of its Friday flights.
  • Delta Air Lines has cancelled its first five flights on Friday. A decision will be made later regarding the rest of its Friday schedule.
  • American Airlines has cancelled all flights Friday except for its late-night arrivals. The airline will make a decision about those arrivals on Friday.
  • Alaska Airlines has cancelled its Friday flight.

At the time of this posting, information was not available about flights for United and JetBlue airlines. Passengers booked with those airlines should contact their air carrier for information.

The safety of our passengers, airlines and airport workers is our top priority as Charleston International Airport and the Lowcountry works to recover from the Jan. 3, 2018 winter storm. Joint Base Charleston and Airport Operations are monitoring pavement conditions and are committed to resuming flight operations as soon as it is safe for aircraft to take off and land.

Future updates will be posted at www.iflyCHS.com and our social media channels as information becomes available nad or conditions at the airport change.

Flight Waivers From Airlines

Flight waivers for travel to and from Charleston International Airport have been issued by:

  • Delta Air Lines for Friday, January 5, 2018 through Monday, January 8, 2018; and Friday, January 12, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines for Friday, January 5, 2018 through Monday, January 8, 2018; and Thursday, January 11, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Many areas of the eastern United States and Canada are now experiencing bone-chilling frigid weather after the storm punished areas such as Boston, whose streets received some of the worst flooding in its history as a result of water from the harbor crashed ashore.

An Airbus A380 aircraft which operated as Singapore Airlines flight 26 from Frankfurt was diverted to the relatively small Stewart International Airport in New Windsor — which is near Newburgh in New York — because it could not land at the international airport in New York due to blizzard conditions.

Completely resuming normal travel operations will take a few days or so. If you are traveling this weekend — especially to or from Charleston — be sure you keep yourself informed with the latest updates from either the airline or airport you plan on using in order to mitigate any unwelcome surprises…

…and please: travel as safely as possible.

Photograph ©2010 by Brian Cohen.

6 thoughts on “Travel Alert January 2018: Charleston International Airport Remains Closed Until Further Notice”

  1. Patrick says:

    Tell me about it. I’ve been trying to get my wife into CHS since Wed. NOTHING is available to re-book until MONDAY. I guess they can’t a little snow. 😉

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Has your wife considered flying into an alternate airport and renting a car to drive to Charleston if she really needs to be there, Patrick?

      The drive is anywhere between 3 hours and 5 hours from such airports as the ones in Atlanta and Charlotte…

      1. Patrick says:

        Not really. And I’d be worried about the roads she’d be driving on those 3 to 5 hours.
        But thanks for the idea.

      2. James says:

        Columbia airport is snow free and only 90 miles away. I-26 is clear all the way to Charleston.

        1. Brian Cohen says:

          Excellent, James. Perhaps that information will help the wife of Patrick.

          Thank you!

  2. Patrick says:

    Thanks for the info!!

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