Three South Carolina airports, including Charleston, appear to have improved their airfare rates over last year in a snapshot of fares taken in June.

According to’s 2013 Airport Affordability Index, airports in Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Greenville-Spartanburg rose significantly this year among the 101 airports in the report.

Myrtle Beach Jetport came in at No. 2 with an average airfare of $249. Last year, its was 42nd.

Charleston International scored the greatest leap, from 99th last year to 30th this year. It’s average airfare is $390.

Greenville-Spartanburg also climbed significantly, jumping from 88th last year to 46th this year with an average airfare of $448.

Long Beach’s Daugherty Field in California stole the No. 1 slot with an average airfare of $216. Last year, it ranked No. 2. The most expensive airport was Honolulu International. Its average airfare is $689. Last year, it ranked 100th. acknowledges rankings can drift dramatically from year to year as prices fluctuate on specific routes. The list is compiled by averaging the prices Cheapflight users found during June when searching for flights to popular domestic and international destinations such as Miami, Honolulu, London or Cancun.

“Once again, we see alternative airports serving bigger cities and/or ones based in smaller markets, often just outside major metro areas, tend to fare well in our rankings,” said. “Our analysis shows these airports frequently offer low-cost options for short hops and can even deliver valuable savings for long-haul flights, though it may mean travelers have to take a more indirect route.”

Project runway

After a year of reconstruction and a nearly $50 million makeover, the main 9,000-foot runway at Charleston International Airport and Charleston Air Force Base is about to reopen.

The principal landing strip is set to reopen at 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to Capt. Frank Hartnett with Charleston Air Force Base.

“Due to the excessive rain these past few months, the completion date had to be delayed,” he said. “From talking with the construction crews, it’s difficult for them to use heavy machinery on saturated ground.”

A small ceremony will mark the occasion.

Giving back

People are apparently in a more giving spirit this year as the economy slowly improves.

The Blackbaud Index reported that mid-year results show overall charitable giving up 2.2 percent and online giving up 14 percent.

Blackbaud, the Charleston-based software provider to non-profit organizations, reported last week that its earnings were up significantly in the second quarter over the same period last year.

Home show

Home remodeling is on the uptick along with the economy, and everything people want to know about custom homes and home makeovers will be on display Aug. 16-18 during the Custom Home + Remodel Show at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Sponsored by Charleston Home + Design magazine, the show in its ninth year will feature thousands of the newest and finest custom home products by many Charleston companies.

Look for the north concourse of the stadium to be transformed into an array of finished outdoor living spaces such as kitchens, fireplaces and patio furniture. Also, someone will win an $18,000 backyard makeover in a drawing Aug. 19.

Free hurricane kits will be given to 500 visitors starting at 11 a.m. Aug. 16. when admission will be free until 6 p.m.

Don’t miss the architects’ gallery of custom homes, a special exhibit showcasing Charleston’s top architects and their designs. Architects can also earn continuing education credits during a symposium Aug. 16.

The following two days will feature grilling demonstrations by Jack Waiboer, a three-time state barbecue champion who made his national TV debut July 28 on Destination America Channel’s cable reality show “BBQ Pitmasters.” He will also be selling his food throughout the weekend.

The Citadel’s two new mascot puppies, General II and Boo X, will make an appearance Aug. 17-18. Citadel Assistant Athletic Director Mike Groshon is trying to get them out among people as often as possible so they can get comfortable being touched by many hands at the same time.

Hours of the event are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 17 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 18.

Admission both weekend days is $7 for those 13 and over.

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