Runway Rehab Benefits Military & Civilian Traffic
Airmen and civilians flying aircraft into Joint Base Charleston via Runway 15-33 have had smoother landings since the rehabilitated runway opened in August. The main 9,000-foot runway, owned by the U.S. Air Force, serves both the 437th Airlift Wing and Charleston International Airport (CHS).
The 437th Airlift Wing trains and executes the only C-17A special operations capability in the Air Force. With a maximum load of 170,900 pounds, the C-17 can carry two large buses, three helicopters, one of the Army’s newest tanks or a variety of other oversized cargo. Last year, Joint Base Charleston executed more than 2,700 C-17 missions.
CHS services nearly 3,900 arriving and departing commercial flights per month and accommodates more than 2.5 million passengers each year – and volume is growing, notes John Connell, P.E., deputy director of engineering and planning for the airport. The runway improvements support the growing Charleston community and local private industry, including Boeing South Carolina, which manufactures the 787 Dreamliner.