The cheapest times to fly from CLT to CAE are

  • April 16th to May 6th
  • August 6th to April 1st (except the weeks of November 19th and November 26th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from CLT to CAE is late August to early September. Prices can be as high as $593 for Monday flights during late July, or as low as $281 for Wednesday flights around late August to early September.


When to Fly to Columbia

Flying from Charlotte, NC (CLT) to Columbia, SC (CAE) will usually cost between $333 to $398 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late August to early September with an average ticket price of $322. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $431. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $109 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $348 can be considered a good price for a round-trip CLT to CAE flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the CLT to CAE route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

CLT to CAE Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CLT to CAE flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Charlotte. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $2.43, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Mondays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $12 (3%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $347. Return trip prices are from the CAE to CLT flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from CLT to CAE can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 9 minutes may be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from CLT to CAE while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Augusta Regional at Bush Field Airport (AGS) in Augusta, GA

  • 63 miles (101 km) away from CAE
  • Usually 2.59% less expensive than CAE
  • Nonstop flights available

See CLT to AGS flights

Destination alternative #2: Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) in Savannah, GA

  • 125 miles (201 km) away from CAE
  • Usually 2.30% less expensive than CAE
  • Nonstop flights available

See CLT to SAV flights

Destination alternative #3: Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) in Greer, SC

  • 91 miles (146 km) away from CAE
  • Usually 1.44% less expensive than CAE
  • Nonstop flights available

See CLT to GSP flights

Destination alternative #4: Hilton Head Airport (HHH) in Hilton Head, SC

  • 121 miles (195 km) away from CAE
  • Usually 1.15% less expensive than CAE
  • Nonstop flights available

See CLT to HHH flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from CLT to CAE? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 3 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Columbia Metropolitan Airport to Charlotte Douglas International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 89 miles or 143 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from CLT to CAE?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop CLT to CAE flight is about 1 hour 9 minutes.

How many flights go between Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 43 available flights from CLT to CAE.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code CLT
Origination airport name Charlotte Douglas International Airport
City Charlotte, NC
Country the United States
Latitude 35.2
Longitude -80.9

Return Airport

Destination code CAE
Destination airport name Columbia Metropolitan Airport
City Columbia, SC
Country the United States
Latitude 33.9
Longitude -81.1


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from CLT to CAE tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 29% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 29% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave CAE heading for CLT about 9 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Columbia, SC is about 9 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • PSA: 9 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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