Record-Breaking July 4 Crowds Expected
Passengers Encouraged to Plan Ahead, Don’t Fly by the Seat of Your Pants

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is anticipating record-breaking crowds for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend at the midway point of CLT’s summer travel season.

The Airport is expecting 229,900 passenger screenings from Thursday, June 29 through Wednesday, July 5, an increase of 13% from the same time last year and 23% busier than 2019 (pre-pandemic). That is in addition to the approximately 367,000 connecting passengers during that period.

Passenger numbers for the summer travel season are projected to exceed 2019 by approximately 10%.

CLT will have additional staff in the lobby, dressed in bright yellow vests, to guide and assist passengers. 

If you are planning an upcoming trip, Don’t Fly by the Seat of Your Pants:

  • Plan ahead.
  • Book your parking when you book your flight. Visit or the CLT Airport App.
  • Be inside the Airport at least two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight.
  • Check security wait times on CLT’s website or app.
  • Sign up for TSA PreCheck® to help expedite your checkpoint screening time.
  • Follow signage inside the terminal.