Charleston Executive Airport

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Charleston Executive Airport
Johns Island Army Airfield
Charleston Executive Airport - South Carolina.jpg
USGS aerial image as of 2006
Airport typePublic
OwnerCharleston County Aviation Authority
ServesCharleston, South Carolina
Elevation AMSL17 ft / 5 m
Coordinates32°42′03″N 080°00′10″W / 32.70083°N 80.00278°W / 32.70083; -80.00278
KJZI is located in South Carolina
Location of Charleston Executive Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 5,000 1,524 Concrete
4/22 4,313 1,315 Concrete
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations55,000
Based aircraft58

Charleston Executive Airport (ICAO: KJZI, FAA LID: JZI) is a public use airport located in Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. It is approximately six nautical miles (11 km) southwest of the central business district of the city. It is owned by the Charleston County Aviation Authority.[1] The airport serves the general aviation community, with no scheduled commercial airline service.


The airport opened in April 1943 named Johns Island Army Airfield. Initially it was an auxiliary to Columbia Army Air Base as an unmanned emergency landing airfield. On 31 March 1944, jurisdiction was transferred to Charleston Army Airfield when Charleston was reassigned to Air Transport Command. It served as an emergency landing base with no permanent structures being used for transatlantic flights. On 25 August 1945 the airfield was turned over to local authorities which converted it into a civil airport.[2][3] The occasional military aircraft still uses the airport.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Charleston Executive Airport covers an area of 1,373 acres (556 ha) at an elevation of 17 feet (5 m) above mean sea level. It has two concrete paved runways: 9/27 is 5,000 by 150 feet (1,524 x 46 m) and 4/22 is 4,313 by 150 feet (1,315 x 46 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending October 23, 2008, the airport had 55,000 aircraft operations, an average of 150 per day: 91% general aviation and 5% military and 4% air taxi. At that time there were 58 aircraft based at this airport: 79% single-engine, 16% multi-engine, 2% jet and 3% helicopter.[1]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for JZI (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 27 August 2009.
  2. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website
  3. ^ Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942-2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC

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