With lower fares and additional competition CLT is handling 9,300 additional passengers a day on average in the past six months for a total of 1.7 million extra O&D passengers. This is a growth rate of 13% compared with the same period last year. JFK has the second highest growth rate at 11.2%. Go Charlotte!!!
To handle the extra capacity US Airways is bringing in 49 new ticket and gate agents. A new 9,000 foot runway is underway, the airports fourth, and is slated to be complete by 2008. Eight new gates on one wing of concourse E will begin construction this summer. A further 12 gates will follow in the fall. A second 3,000 parking deck located next to an identical parking deck built last year will open in the next few weeks. A 4,000 parking deck will follow and begin construction later this summer. The airport is also considering building a new concourse rumored to be a new international concourse where the rental car facilities are at now. The hourly parking garages will be demolished and rebuilt as a hourly/rental car garage housing all rental companies. The front lobby will then be extended out 25ft towards the parking decks in order to increase the size of the ticketing and security checkpoint areas.
Go3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3266 posts, RR: 22 Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2515 times:
Damn, I still remember going to the airport, and all they had for parking was just the area from the terminal and then past the control tower that was in the middle of the parking lot. I was just in there about a month ago, and wow, things have changed much over the years, since the current terminal has been around.
MattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 11 Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2429 times:
Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 1): That would be nice... how about making baggage claim less dark and crowded.
The baggage claim area definitely needs improvement. It's the one thing that I remember from my trip last year when I was connecting through CLT. More lighting and space would be a welcome improvement.
Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 21240 posts, RR: 19 Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2203 times:
Quoting BrettFromCLT (Reply 6):
Have they said if they viewing park will go away when they move roads and such for the new runway?
They haven't said, but it wouldn't have to (in theory), and they could always put in a new one. If it's made it this far, it's likely they'll have a park of some sort. It's clearly important to Jerry Orr and friends.
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RyeFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1383 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1988 times:
I've heard rumors some time ago that the aviation museum that is located on the East end of the airport next to 18L will be relocating to a bigger facility near the US Airways hanger and the old terminal that is used by cargo now. From what I understand it will include a state of the art observation tower with unobstructed views of at least the three current runways and will include speakers broadcasting the tower frequency. I am not sure if this is still the case or if they are still working on the funding for it but I think that would be awesome. The airport definitely needs a observation area, the one they currently have is very popular.