Bidens returning to Kiawah for short vacation
No public schedule released for president; Air Force One not expected to affect commercial flights

Cleared from his COVID isolation, PresidentJoeBidenandthefirstlady are returning to Kiawah Island this week, according to the White House.

The Bidens have been regular visitors to the resort island, often around the Easter holidays.

The president was cleared from isolation Aug. 7 after testing negative for COVID-19 a second consecutive day, ending a mild rebound case attributed to an anti-viral drug used to treat the virus.

The Aug. 10 trip to Kiawah is expected to be for vacation only. No public schedule has been released.

It will follow a trip to Kentucky to meet with families and survey damage from the worst flooding in that state’s history. Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived there Aug. 8, joining Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and his wife for a tour. At least 37 people have died since storms dumped up to 10½ inches of rain over 48 hours last month, the Associated Press reported.

Air traffic over KiawahIsland will be restricted starting at 1:30 p.m.

Aug. 10 until about 9 p.m. Aug. 16, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Air Force One willbe flying inand out of Charleston International Airport in North Charleston. But the 10 to 15 minutes the plane will take to land and depart should not affect commercial flights, said airport CEO Elliott Summey.

Summey said he could not discuss the president’s travel plans, but he said Air Force One will be parked at Charleston Air Force Base. The runways are owned by the Air Force and used by both the military and commercial airlines.

While commercial air travel is not expected to be impacted, traffic on local roadways very likely will be, though no official advisories have been released. Spokesmen for the state Highway Patrol and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said only federal officials can provide that information.

It wouldn’t be the first time Biden’s caravan has snarled traffic. His visits to Kiawah as vice president sparked complaints over social media about traffic delays.

While no public events are scheduled, he’s been known to make unannounced stops. During a May 2014 trip to Kiawah, he posed for selfies at a local ice cream shop.

Since 2019, Kiawah Island has been home to former GOP Gov.

Nikki Haley, a potential 2024 presidential contender.

At a ceremonial swearing-in for U.S. Sen. Tim Scott in January 2017, then-Vice President Biden praised Haley, telling South Carolina’s junior senator, “I like her a lot.”

Biden said he called to congratulate Haley the day then-President Donald Trump picked her as his United Nations ambassador, a role she resigned from two years later.

Also at that swearing-in ceremony, Biden told Scott,“When I die,I want to be reborn in Charleston.”

Travel + Leisure recently ranked Kiawah the second-best island in the continental United States, after Mackinac Island in Michigan. Hilton Head Island was the other South Carolina location on that top-10 list, at No. 9. For the 10th consecutive year, the magazine ranked Charleston the top travel destination among U.S. cities.

South Carolina is credited with catapulting Biden to the Democratic nomination in 2020. His presidential campaign struggled ahead of South Carolina’s primary, which he won by nearly 30 percentage points over Sen. Bernie Sanders. The shellacking followed the coveted endorsement of U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the state’s most powerful Democrat.

Biden’s last public event inSouth Carolina was in December, when he was the commencement speaker for Clyburn’s alma mater, South Carolina State University. JillBiden visited South Carolina twice in the same week in October, when she spoke at a church in West Columbia and later greeted airmen at Joint Base Charleston and toured the Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center.

Warren Wise contributed to this report.