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Airport set to break own fuel record

We have finally gotten to the point where we can pop. We are talking to a couple of businesses who are interested in coming here, and we see ourselves as an economic asset.”

The Lowcountry Regional Airport in Walterboro continues to be a part of Colleton County’s economic boost, with the airport’s latest numbers showing soaring fuel sales and more incoming business.

The airport’s fuel sales set a record for itself in 2014, with the airport seeing a 20-percent increase in overall fuel sales during the entire year. Already in 2015, fuel sales at the airport for the months of January and February are skyrocketing, with preliminary numbers looking to break the airport’s all-time best 2014 statistics.

“Just based on what we are seeing so far this year, we are already up from last year and we are set to do even better,” said Tommy Rowe, airport manager.

The airport is used as a destination for both pilots and plantation visits for the entire region. It has also become a busy spot for skydiving enthusiasts, private pilots and Lowcountry travelers.

The airport’s commission met last week to discuss its March plans and its activity so far this year.

“We have added more lighted wind indicators for our pilots, and also made some recent Wi-Fi upgrades so our services are more user-friendly,” said Rowe. “We are also currently upgrading a hanger … According to Rowe, the airport’s leaders and its board are also looking at a couple of engineering firms to help enhance ongoing airport projects.

“We are glad to be a part of the county’s economic development,” said Chris Bickley, airport secretary and longtime airport activist.

The Lowcountry Regional Airport is the largest general aviation airport in South Carolina. It has three runways, with one of those extended to 6,002-feet.


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