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26 May 2015
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Alaska Airlines

You can’t be named the top place to visit in the United States for the last four years running (thanks, Condé Nast) without seeing some immediate effects here in Charleston.

Demand for SC vacation rentals is higher than ever, be they Isle of Palms luxury rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston.  The Lowcountry has been discovered by the rest of the nation and the world, and of course a Charleston beach house makes the ideal home base for a visit here.

Such kudos and attention also have a way of spawning improvements to the basic travel infrastructure.

Many of the folks coming to stay in our rental homes South Carolina, either Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston, arrive here by plane.  And CHS, or Charleston International Airport, is currently undergoing a massive $189 upgrade and overhaul.

Recently I travelled through Charleston airport, and it is in a bit of a growth phase, to be sure.  The work is currently underway and the labor pains are in full swing, as it’s gearing up to be better than ever.  Work should be finished in the fall, and from what I have seen from the renderings and plans, it will be worth it.

The airport has been in the news a lot lately, and I’ve covered it in previous blogs…

for example: THIS ONE in February – which shows a drawing of how the renovated main lobby will look;

and THIS BLOG from January highlighting new airlines which are now serving Charleston for the first time (Porter Airlines out of Canada, and Silver Airways out of Florida).

Of course, each time a new airline comes to Charleston, we all get more options of routes to fly here, more competition, and lower airfares.

And it was recently announced that yet another airline will soon be serving Charleston… and it’s a big one.  In fact, it’s the seventh largest American carrier based on passenger occupancy.

Not only that, but it will offer the first nonstop, coast-to-coast flights to Charleston International.

I’m talking about Alaska Airlines… and starting November 16th, they’ll be offering direct flights between Charleston and Seattle (SeaTac airport).

As you might imagine, the presence of Boeing’s gigantic new facility here is a main reason for the decision, although the new flights will of course be available to leisure travelers.

Flights will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  They’ll arrive in Charleston at 4:50 p.m., then leave approximately one hour later for Seattle, arriving just after 9:00 p.m. their time.  Flights will be aboard a Boeing Next Generation 737 aircraft.

Alaska Airlines is based in Seattle and operates in over 92 cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  It has code-sharing agreements with British Airways, LAN Airlines, Air France, Korean Air, American and Delta.

So, soon you’ll have even more options for getting to our luxury beach house rentals SC.

If you are interested in booking one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC, namely a luxury house on Isle of Palms, remember to call as far ahead as possible for the best selection.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger