Southwest Airlines opens new ticket counter at airport

Southwest Airlines is the latest carrier to open a new ticket counter at Charleston International Airport.

Southwest Airlines is the latest carrier to see a new ticket counter at Charleston International Airport.

The carrier moved into its new space Tuesday near the entrance to the security checkpoint area as part of the ongoing $189 million renovation and expansion of the 30-year-old terminal.

“Opening the new Southwest Airlines ticket counter puts us one step closer to completing renovations in our Ticketing Hall,” said Paul Campbell, executive director and CEO of Charleston County Aviation Authority, in a statement.

The new ticketing area features overhead monitors with airline and flight information, low-rise quartz countertops that are easily accessible to those in wheelchairs, blade lighting and expansive windows for a brighter look. Architectural details such as the ticket counter trellises and the color pallet are tied to Charleston history and architecture.

In December, JetBlue Airways and United Airlines were the first to move to renovated space in the Ticketing Hall. American Airlines and US Airways followed in March along with new airlines Porter and Silver.

The old Southwest ticket counter will be renovated for Delta Air Lines. Delta’s move this fall will complete the Ticketing Hall renovations.

Most of the terminal renovation is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Work on the Concourse A renovations will be finished in early 2016.

Through construction, the airport terminal will grow from approximately 330,000 square feet to 429,000 square feet.

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