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About Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Interior shot of Charlotte Airport

Main Terminal Airport Interior. Image Credit: Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (IATA: CLT) is a civil-military airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, and serves the greater Charlotte metropolitan area.

CLT serves 175 nonstop destinations across the world and welcomes more than 46 million passengers annually.

The airport was established in 1925 under the name Charlotte Municipal Airport, but got its current name in 1982.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport acts as a major gateway to the Caribbean Islands.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the second largest hub for American Airlines, the first being Dallas/Fort Worth.

Charlotte Air National Guard Base

The airport is also a joint civil-military facility and home to the Charlotte Air National Guard Base, and its host unit, the 145th Airlift Wing (145 AW) of the North Carolina Air National Guard. The Guard is located in a military cantonment area on the east side of the airport. The general public will be unaffected when flying into/from the civilian airport.



Facilities Include:

Eating and Shopping: Enjoy numerous eating and shopping opportunities throughout the airport, including the best known brands, fast food, fine dining, bars, duty free shopping and travel essentials.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available to passengers throughout the terminal.

Charging: Charging stations are located on all concourses, as well as gate areas. Seating with integrated power and USB can be located at Gates A21-A29 and all of Concourse B. Power outlets are also located throughout the Atrium and all concourses.

Nursing: There are two Mother’s Room locations, one on the upper level of the Atrium across from the Airport Chapel and one located on Concourse A Connector between Gates A1-A13 and A21-A29.

Pet Relief: Pet Relief Areas are located inside the terminal (post-security) on the A/B Connector (near Checkpoint A), on the Concourse A Connector (between Gates A1-A13 and A21-A29) and on Concourse D near Original Rum Bar and Grill.

Interfaith Chapel: The Interfaith Chapel, open 24 hours, seven days a week, s located in the Atrium on the upper level.

Additional facilities include ATMs, Currency Exchange.

Lounges Include:

USO Lounge:

Open daily, the USO of Charlotte Douglas International Airport is located on the upper level of the Atrium.

Enjoy comfortable chairs, books, magazines, television and refreshments. Internet and phones are available free of charge. Find out more about US Military flights here.

American Airlines Admirals Club:

Open daily, 4.45am-10.30pm, the American Airlines Admirals Club is reserved for passengers with specific credentials such as elite status, premium tickets. Lounges cna be found in multiple locations: (1) Concourse B and (1) Concourse C.

Passengers can enjoy complimentary facilities and amenities, including snacks, drinks (including alcoholic), WiFi, newspapers, magazines, internet terminals, and printers and copiers.


Birdseye view of Charlotte International

Image Credit: Charlotte Douglas International Airport

The airport features one crosswind and three parallel runways. The runways are designated 18C/36C, 18R/36L and 18L/36R. 5/23 is a 7,500ft-long crosswind runway.


Interior shot of concourse B

Concourse B Interior. Image Credit: Charlotte Douglas International Airport

The airport has one main terminal and five concourses. The five concourse areas are designated as A, B, C, D and E.

Concourse A: 22 gates used by Air Canada, American, Contour Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United. Phase one of expansion was completed in 2018, with phases two to begin construction in 2020, with plans to add 18 additional gates.

Concourse B: 16 gates used almost exclusively by American Airlines. The concourse also features an Admirals Club.

Concourse C: 8 gates used also by American Airlines. It is also used for American Eagle flights; these flights are operated by Republic Airline. An Admirals Club can be found in the intersection between the C and D concourses.

Concourse D: 13 gates and serves as the international concourse. All international arrivals are handled at this facility. American operates some domestic flights from this concourse. It is also used by Lufthansa and Volaris.

Concourse E: 6 gates, exclusively used for American Eagle flights, which operates over 340 flights per day. Gates E1 through E3 are available for any air carrier to use.

Airlines that fly to Charlotte Airport

American Airlines

Airline Destinations
American Airlines American Airlines flies to numerous domestic destinations, including: Aruba, Atlanta, Baltimore, Barbados, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Juan, Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National, etc.

American Airlines also flies to numerous international destinations, including: Barbados, London–Heathrow, Mexico City, San José de Costa Rica
American Eagle American Eagle flies to numerous domestic destinations, including: Albany, Atlanta, Augusta (GA), Charleston (WV), Charlottesville, Cleveland, Detroit, Erie, Fort Wayne, Greenville (NC), Huntsville, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Jacksonville (NC), Knoxville, Madison, Manchester (NH), Montgomery, Montréal–Trudeau, New Orleans, Newport News/Williamsburg, Norfolk, North Eleuthera, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Panama City (FL), Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Richmond, St. Louis, Savannah, Shreveport, Springfield/Branson, Toronto–Pearson, Tulsa, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National, and many more.

Other Airlines that fly to Charlotte Douglas International:

Airline Destinations
Air Canada Express Toronto–Pearson
Contour Airlines Beckley, Parkersburg/Marietta, Tampa
Delta Airlines Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, Salt Lake City
Delta Connection Cincinnati, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia
Frontier Airlines Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando, Philadelphia, Tampa, Trenton
JetBlue Boston, New York–JFK
Lufthansa Munich
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Houston–Hobby, Nashville
Spirit Airlines Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, Orlando
Ultimate Air Shuttle Atlanta–Peachtree, Cincinnati–Lunken
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles
Volaris Guadalajara

Top Destinations

Top Domestic Destinations


Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 New York–LaGuardia, New York 587,000 American, Delta Airlines
2 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 568,000 American, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines
3 Orlando, Florida 567,000 American, Frontier Airlines
4 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 547,000 American Airlines
5 Boston, Massachusetts 531,000 American, JetBlue

Top International Destinations


Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Cancún, Mexico 369,807 American
2 Montego Bay, Jamaica 295,390 American
3 London–Heathrow, United Kingdom 293,562 American
4 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 271,524 American
5 Toronto–Pearson, Canada 196,451 American, Air Canada

How to get to Charlotte Airport

By Road

The airport terminal is located on Josh Birmingham Parkway. Josh Birmingham Parkway connects with Wilkinson Boulevard (to I-485 and Uptown Charlotte), Little Rock Road (to I-85) and Billy Graham Parkway (to I-77).

By Public Transport

The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) operates two regular bus routes from the airport terminal: Route 5-Airport (Sprinter) to Uptown Charlotte/CTC and Route 60-Tyvola Road to LYNX Tyvola station. A limited bus service also operates between the old terminal and Uptown Charlotte/CTC via Route 10-West Boulevard.

By Rental Car

The Rental Car Facility is located in front of the airport terminal, and operates on the three lower levels of the Hourly Deck. The level 2 lobby includes customer counters and kiosks from the following companies: Advantage, Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Enterprise, and National.

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