Charlotte Douglas Airport

Charlotte Douglas Airport CLT

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Airport Overview

The Charlotte Douglas Airport is a civil-military airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was the 11th busiest airport in the US, in the year 2019, as ranked by passenger traffic. CLT Airport covers an area of 5,558 acres (2,249 ha) of land. Charlotte Airport is 8 miles from the financial district of the City of Charlotte, situated near the border of the North & South Carolinas, accessible from Interstate Hwy 485.

Airport Stats & Facts

  • CLT Airport has 4 long runways, and over 46 million passengers annually.
  • The airport is the second-largest hub for American Airlines.
  • In 2019, it was the 11th busiest airport in the US, ranked by passenger traffic, and the 6th busiest airport in the world, ranked by aircraft movements.
  • Charlotte Airport completed $1.5 billion worth of construction projects between 2007 - 2015.
  • Awards: CLT has received the Eagle Award from the International Airport Transport Association (IATA), for Best Airport.

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Airport Traveling Tips

  • The airport is the busiest in the evening from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • Arrive 2 hours before a domestic flight departure and 3 hours before an international flight departure to account for TSA security wait times and any possible delays.
  • Take a few minutes to look at the Charlotte Airport map before heading to the airport for a flight.

Flight Status

Airport Terminals

Charlotte International airport has 115 gates on 5 concourses. For additional information, please refer to the Charlotte Airport terminal map.

  • Concourse A - 21 gates
  • Concourse B - 16 gates
  • Concourse C - 18 gates
  • Concourse D - 13 gates
  • Concourse E - 46 gates

Airlines Served

The Charlotte Airport serves various airlines and is a hub for American Airlines.

View the full list of airlines served at CLT airport.

Airport Parking

Short-term and Long-term Parking:

Parking at CLT Airport is available onsite. From hourly and daily parking to long-term parking, there are several parking options at Charlotte Airport.

Off-site Parking:

Many parking lots offer affordable off-site parking near CLT Airport. Most of the off-site parking lots allow 24/7 access.

Ground Transport

After arriving at the airport, passengers have several options for ground transport to their next destination. Some of the transportation options include airport shuttles, car rentals, buses, and trains. In addition, many passengers also utilize ride services like Uber, Lyft, and taxis.

Airport Car Rental:

Car Rentals are a breeze at CLT. There are multiple car rental agencies onsite at the airport. Hertz, Enterprise, National, and other well-known car rental providers offer airport travelers a large variety of vehicles to choose from.

Airport Shuttle:

Airport Shuttle Services are a great way to travel from Charlotte Airport. With the availability of various shuttle and van services, you can get a ride to almost any nearby location.

Buses & Trains:

Public transportation is available from the airport to all major areas nearby, serving the greater Charlotte area.

Amenities & Services

To help you enjoy your stay, Charlotte Airport provides visitors with many different amenities and services including:

  • Restaurants, cafes, and bars.
  • Stores, gift shops, and local souvenir shops.
  • Shoeshine stations and massage bars.
  • Multiple art installations and exhibits on display.
  • Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the entire airport.
  • Currency exchange.

Passenger Pickup and Drop-off

  • Visitors picking up passengers are suggested to utilize the Hourly Lot. Hourly parking is free for the first hour and spaces are available on levels 4-7.
  • Passengers may be dropped off curbside on the upper level (Departures/Ticketing).

Contact Information

Address: 5501 Josh Birmingham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28208, USA



Phone: (704) 359 4013

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Charlotte Airport: A Brief History Timeline

  • In 1936, Charlotte Municipal Airport opened, and was operated by the City of Charlotte.
  • In 1954, a passenger terminal opened and the airport was renamed Douglas Municipal Airport.
  • In 1982, the airport was named Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
  • In 1984, Concourse B was expanded and C in 1986.
  • In 1986, Concourse A was built to handle future growth.
  • In 2007, the construction of the CLT’s fourth runway began.
  • In 2015, the CLT 2015 plan was completed.
  • In 2020, an expansion project is expected to begin at Terminal A for 10 new gates and be completed in 2022.

Charlotte Douglas Airport Q&A

Yes. while the official name Charlotte International Airport, it is commonly referred to as Charlotte Airport, or just CLT.
CLT Airport is 8 miles from the financial district of the city of Charlotte.
CLT serves as a secondary hub for American Airlines.
Passengers are permitted to sleep in the CLT Airport. It remains open 24 hours a day and visitors can stay airside overnight. We also recommend these CLT layover ideas.
Being one of the busiest US airports, you can fly to many cities around the world. Check out our direct flights page to see where you can go.

Traveler Help

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I have an interview for my TSA Global Entry pass. Where are their offices?

By Ed Tisdale - Tuesday, 21 September, 2021, 3:04 PM

Answered By: CLT Airport Staff

For interviews, proceed to the north end of the Baggage Claim area (Zone E - in front of the Badging Office) where you will see the sign - “Arriving International Passenger – Do not Enter.” Disregard the sign and walk up the large hall to where you will see a sign that reads, “Global Entry Interviews." Hope this helps.

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Where can I get an escort pass?

By amy - Monday, 15 November, 2021, 4:44 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

You can get an escort pass from the airline of the traveler you are escorting. Just go to the ticketing desk. Note that each airline has different policies for dealing with such passes. 

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I am arriving from ORD - connecting through CLT - final destination is PUJ (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic) on AA.Will my connecting departing flight be in terminal B or, other?

By CC - Monday, 15 November, 2021, 10:25 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Concourse D is used for international flights from CLT Airport and your flight is likely to depart from there. The last flight using these city pairs left from Gate D11. Check the board when you arrive at CLT to verify your departure gate. Safe travels. 

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Where can I find a map of CLT Airport?

By June - Tuesday, 16 November, 2021, 12:48 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

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Where are the elevators located in the airport?

By Marilyn Hankins - Wednesday, 17 November, 2021, 3:19 AM

Answered By: Staff

CLT's interactive map can show you were every elevator is in the airport. 

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