Legislative Efforts

South Carolina Aviation Association actively promotes aviation growth through airport development and safety to meet the air transportation and economic development needs of South Carolina.

Thank you to our legislative sponsors!

Promoting Aviation Legislative Efforts in South Carolina

2022 Focus

Commercial Service Airport Recovery

Airports play a key role in the current and future economic growth in South Carolina. The significant financial impact of COVID-19 placed airports in a position where it would be difficult to execute on their planned capital programs as passenger traffic recovers to pre-COVID-19 levels and growth is re-established. Earlier this year, SC Aeronautics Commission requested, and SCAA and our commercial airports advocated for, a one-time budget appropriation to allow our airports to continue to develop and grow.

Effective July 1, 2022, $53 million was approved for statewide airport growth response. The investment will position South Carolina as a location for new business recruitment, business retention, and growth in the tourism sector—all of which aid the state’s continued recovery.  

Thank you to our members, to our partners at SC Aeronautics, and to our legislators for seeing the value in supporting South Carolina’s airport system and keeping our state competitive in the Southern Region!

SCAA Legislative Accomplishments

  • In 2022, SCAA advocated for a one-time funding appropriation in the state’s budget to keep South Carolina airports competitive in the Southeast Region. Effective July 1, 2022, $53 million was included in the state budget, the largest state investment in aviation ever seen.
  • for In 2021, SCAA advocated for an amendment to the State Aviation Fund, directing all airline property tax revenue to the Fund. Senate Bill 675 passed and was signed into law by Governor Henry McMaster.
  • SCAA was an active proponent for the line item in the state’s budget for airport funding.
  • SCAA was involved in the legislative effort that led to the restoration of the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission.

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Charleston, SC 29416
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