Southwest Airlines is now flying out of Charleston and Greenville-Spartanburg. Charleston Representative Chip Limehouse played a key role in getting the low-fare carrier into the state and says the announcement is prompting some other competitive airlines to bring their business into South Carolina.
We want Southwest to remain here and we’re trying to attract some other carriers. Right now I can’t say the names of them because it wouldn’t be conducive to what we are trying to do here. But, right now we are actively talking to some big name carriers that we would like to get in here on the heels of Southwest.
Limehouse says he has high hopes for the Charleston airport’s future business.
We have an international aiport but only problem is there are no international flights. That’s always bothered me is why we call it Charleston International and we have an international terminal, and they used it for military coming back from Iraq at one point, but it’s not being used for anything now other than announcements. And, I would like to see Charleston truly become an international hub.
With the arrival of Southwest, and other future possibilites, Limehouse says the state will see a boom in business, economic advancements and much more in the near future. He says it doesn’t stop with Southwest.
When you see the growth that’s getting ready to occur here in Charleston I think we are going to be growing so rapidly with the new jobs that are going to be coming online. I’m sitting here looking at the Boeing plant right now, it can’t help but to make a major impact. I think if you just wait and we are going to make it happen here, just be patient.
Southwest is flying passengers to Baltimore-Washington, Chicago, and Nashville.