Airport opens 2 more gates; 3 remain to be finished

Two refurbished gates opened this week on Concourse A at Charleston International Airport. Three more remain to be finished on the wing.

Two more gates are now open at Charleston International Airport as construction continues on the nearly $200 million makeover of the terminal building.

The two refurbished gates sit on Concourse A and face the inside apron of the wing used by Delta Air Lines, the airport’s highest-volume carrier. Three others on the wing are undergoing renovation and are expected to be completed before the March 31 overhaul finish date, according to Paul Campbell, CEO of Charleston County Aviation Authority, which oversees the airport.

“The renovation at Concourse A is a mirror image of Concourse B with a boarding area that is open and bright because of expansive floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the airfield and a 6-foot clerestory that floods the room with light,” the airport said on its website. “The white decor — from the terrazzo floors to bar-and-banquette-style seating — gives the room a fresh, open feel. The renovation includes new seating with charging stations for mobile devices and five new jet bridges.”

When completed, the boarding area will include a Charleston Beer Works shop and retail space.

The airport added five new gates on the left wing of the terminal last year as part of the nearly four-year expansion and renovation project. When all work is completed, the airport will have 15 new or refurbished gates.

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