Air operations are conducted on two runways. Runway 11/29 measures 8600' x 150' runway 5/23 measures 8000' x 150'. In 1997, the airport completed a major terminal renovation project to accommodate the approximate one million annual passengers. In October 2003, a new parking garage opened with 1835 spaces. Combined with surface parking, the Airport has available 3,505 public parking spaces. Valet parking is also available.
Scheduled airline service by:
American Eagle, Continental, Delta, Northwest, Spirit, United and USAirways
Car rental agencies:
Alamo/National, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty
The airport is located on SC Highway 302 off I-26 at exit 113. The address is:
Columbia Metropolitan Airpot (CAE)
3000 Aviation Way
West Columbia, SC 29170
For more information, call (803) 822-5000 or toll-free: (888) 562-5002
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In the early 1940's, early aviation pioneers established a landing area in Lexington County known as the Lexington County Airport. The site was selected because of elevation, the nature of the terrain and the good soil in the area upon which to construct facilities such as taxiways, aprons and runways.
Around 1941, the United States War Department acquired the Airport from Lexington County and expanded it dramatically to serve the effort for World War II. In 1942, Jimmy Doolittle, a famous military aviator and legend, traveled to Columbia and called volunteers for a secret military mission. Approximately twenty-five of these B-25 flight crews later flew the famous Doolittle Raid over Tokyo. The Doolittle raid was the first good news from the Pacific theater of operations.
Following the war, the land which the government had acquired for the war effort reverted to Lexington County. The City of Columbia eventually constructed a terminal building at the Lexington County Airport and airline operations that had been ongoing at Owens Field shifted to the Lexington County Airport. In the late 1950's, Columbia Mayor Lester Bates and others formed a study group to study how an Airport could be developed and administered to serve Richland County and Lexington County. From this study committee, legislation established the Richland-Lexington Airport District. Since 1962, the Airport District has operated the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.
In 1983, the Airport was designated a U.S. Customs Port of Entry and in 1986, the Airport was designated Foreign-Trade Zone 127. In 1994, United Parcel Service selected Columbia Metropolitan Airport as the site for a UPS Southeastern Regional Hub.
Any size airplane can land at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport including the Boeing 747 and the military C5A. Over 1400 people now work at the Airport.
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