Columbia airport (CAE) 

 

Columbia Metropolitan Airport, opened in 1940, is one of the busiest in South Carolina and serves Lexington County. It mostly operates with domestic flights.

Official Website: columbiaairport.com
Number of Terminals - 1 - Open 24 hours a day.
Annual passenger traffic: More than 1.1 million passengers went through it in 2016.
Tel: +1 803 822 5000. Information desk on the upper level, available from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm.

 
 
 

The airport is located in West Columbia, 8 km (5 miles) southwest from the city centre.

 
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Bus - Route 28 from The Comet (Tel +1 803 255 7100) departs from Midlands Technical College, located close to the airport, to the city centre. It operates from Monday to Friday between 7:10 am and 7:40 pm. Journey time is 30 minutes and the fare is USD1.50. More information

Taxi - Metered cabs available outside the baggage reclaim area, on the lower level. The trip to Fort Jackson has a fixed fare of USD32.00 and to McCrady Training Center it is USD49.00, and the trip to the city centre takes around 20 minutes.

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There are car rental counters in the baggage reclaim hall.

Alamo/National (Tel +1 803 822 5180 - 8:00 am to 0:00 am)
Avis (Tel +1 803 822 5100 - Mondays through Fridays from 7:00 am to 0:30 am, Saturday from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm, Sunday from 8:00 am to 0:30 am)
Budget (Tel +1 803 822 8346 - Mondays through Fridays from 7:00 am to 0:30 am, Saturday from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm, Sunday from 8:00 am to 0:30 am)
Dollar/Thrifty (Tel +1 803 822 2300 / 217 0270 - Sunday to Friday from 7:00 am to 0:00 am, Saturday from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm)
Enterprise (Tel +1 803 822 2262 - 8:00 am to 0:00 am)
Hertz (Tel +1 803 822 8341 - Mondays through Fridays from 6:00 am to 0:30 am, weekends from 7:00 am to 0:30 am)

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The airport has ATMs, public telephones and Wi-Fi access free of charge. On the lower level there is a business center with a conference room, internet, fax and photocopiers. The USO Lounge is located in the atrium of the terminal and opens Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm, and weekends from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm; it offers food and beverages, entertainment, charging stations, fax, computers, air conditioning (accessible for military and their families).

Food and Drinks- There are restaurants both before and after the security checkpoint.
Shopping- Souvenirs stands, books, sweets, newsagents.
Baggage- Porter service available next to the terminal entrances. For enquiries about lost property, call the central information desk (Tel +1 803 822 5000) between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm.
Other Services- Chapel.

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Short- and long-term parking in front of the terminal, open 24 hours a day. Valet parking service on the upper level, next to the boarding gates. There is also a passenger pick-up zone (Cell Phone Lot) next to the access road. More information: Tel +1 803 822 8474. Rates

Garage - Multi-storey facility with covered spaces. The first 20 minutes are free.
Surface Lot - Outdoor area.
Premier Parking - Premium bays adjacent to the main building.

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Ramps, lifts, reserved parking spaces and Braille signage are available. Passengers requiring special assistance should notify their airline about their particular needs in advance.

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The nearest accommodations include: Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Columbia Airport SC (Tel +1 803 794 6200), Sleep Inn Airport (Tel +1 803 926 9260), Days Inn & Suites Columbia Airport (Tel +1 803 796 0044), Travelers Inn (Tel +1 803 796 9900), Carolina Lodge (Tel +1 803 708 1935), Super 8 West Columbia Airport (Tel +1 803 386 0242), Knights Inn Columbia Airport/Cayce (Tel +1 803 794 0222), Masters Inn Cayce (Tel +1 803 791 5850), Econo Lodge Inn & Suites (Tel +1 803 936 0015), Country Hearth Inn & Suites - Cayce/Columbia (Tel +1 803 794 7500). Most of them provide transfer services for their guests.

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Latest updates: October, 03, 2017