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.

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Promoting Aviation Legislative Efforts in South Carolina

2022 Focus

Commercial Service Airport Recovery

Funding is needed to assist SC airports in living forward with airport development and capital programs following the significant financial impacts of COVID-19.

South Carolina airports support annual economic activity estimated at $16.3 billion. Of that $16.3 billion, commercial service airports collectively have more than $15.3 billion in annual economic impact and $617 million in annual tax revenue.

Despite these impacts, commercial service airports are in a position where it will be difficult to execute on their planned capital programs as passenger traffic recovers to pre-COVID-19 levels and growth is re-established.


  • Columbia Metropolitan Airport
  • Charleston International Airport
  • Florence Regional Airport
  • Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
  • Hilton Head Island Airport
  • Myrtle Beach International Airport


  • Commercial Service Airport Recovery Fund – $65 million one-time appropriation
  • The estimated five-year capital improvement needs for all six commercial airports is estimated at $1 billion.
  • They investment will position SC as a location for new business recruitment, business retention, and growth I the tourism sector––all of which aid in the state’s recovery.


The funds could be used for any capital improvement project on-airport that enhances an airport’s ability to meet current and future demand of passenger service and/or air cargo.


Without ongoing airport development, recruiting new business and retaining existing businesses will be difficult and our economy will suffer. Airports in South Caroline cannot be allowed to fall behind in their development as they play a key role in the current and future economic vitality of our state.

Following is a snapshot of funding in surrounding states:

  • Florida – $329 million in annual funding
  • North Carolina – $125 million in annual funding
  • Georgian – $80-100 million in the current budget (excluding Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport)

SCAA Legislative Accomplishments

  • 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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