The passenger terminal at the Charleston International Airport is now the Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings Terminal, in honor of the senator who died this month at the age of 97.

The Charleston County Aviation Authority voted to christen the airport’s unnamed single terminal on Thursday. (The airport itself will not change names.)
Hollings, who was born in Charleston and graduated from The Citadel, had already served as a state representative and lieutenant governor before he rose to the governorship in 1959. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1966, where he represented South Carolina for 38 years. “The airport benefited greatly from his vision,” said Elliot Summey, chairman of Charleston County Council and a member of the Authority’s board, in a statement. “Opportunities like the new air service(s) we’ve garnered in the last decade were made possible by the groundwork of his long-term commitment to aviation.”

Details of signage or any other additions to the terminal have not yet been discussed, said airport spokeswoman Caroline Axman.

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