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Across the Pond- Direct CHS Flights to London

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The Charleston Metro Chamber congratulates Paul Campbell, CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, and Helen Hill, CEO of Explore Charleston for securing a partnership with British Airways that will launch direct flights between Charleston and London twice a week in April 2019. This new route is a significant win for our status as a major metro market, as it provides South Carolina its first transatlantic flight, and increases economic development and tourism opportunities. The hard work and commitment of Paul and Helen has elevated the Charleston metro as an international destination and enhanced our business environment.

From Charleston County Aviation Authority and Explore Charleston’s Release:

The twice-weekly flight, slated to start in April 2019, marks the first transatlantic passenger flight from both the
Lowcountry and the State of South Carolina.

“We are ushering in a new day for this region and our State as we launch this flight to a premier European destination,”
said Paul Campbell, CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.
British Airways will operate the new service on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights will leave from Charleston at 10:50 P.M.
and arrive in London the next morning at 11:50 A.M. Returning flights will depart London at 5:20 P.M. and arrive in
Charleston at 9:20 P.M.

“London’s Heathrow Airport is considered a gateway. British Airways offers service from Heathrow to over 130
destinations in Europe, Asia and beyond,” continued Campbell. “We are excited to open the world to Charleston.”
“We have an extensive global network, from UK cities, to Europe to Africa and Asia, so I’m pleased that British Airways
can open this service up to the Charleston community,” said Simon Brooks, British Airways’ Senior Vice President for
North America.

Wednesday’s announcement is the result of years of intentional planning, relationship development and negotiation for
local and State leaders.

“Overseas traveler preference for the South Carolina experience has been growing for many years, and this new nonstop
service will help meet that demand,” said Duane Parrish, Director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation
& Tourism. “In addition to Charleston, the new direct service will also increase overseas visitation to surrounding areas
such as Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head and Columbia.”

“We know how selective British Airways is when choosing where to invest resources and launch new service. Charleston
being named the newest destination is further testament to our region’s popularity, influence and relevance across multiple
industries,” said Vic Rawl, Chairman of Charleston County Council.

The state’s largest airport is on a record-setting pace to exceed the four million passenger mark by year’s end. Through
September, over 3.3 million travelers have passed through the airport’s gates, up 12% from the same period in 2017.
The new flight is projected to generate an estimated economic impact of $20.2 million annually through new spending, job
creation and other associated activity.

Tickets for the flight go on sale October 19, 2018, and can be purchased at

Quick Facts:

  • British Airways will begin nonstop air service between London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Charleston International
    Airport (CHS).
  • This marks the first transatlantic commercial route from the State of South Carolina.
  • The twice-weekly flight will operate on Thursdays and Sundays, beginning April 4, 2019.
  • British Airways will utilize the Boeing Dreamliner 787-800 for the new service.
  • The aircraft accommodates 214 passengers in the following configuration:
    ▷▷ 35 seats in Club World/business
    ▷▷ 25 seats in World Traveller Plus/premium economy
    ▷▷ 154 seats in World Traveller/economy
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