Destination CLT encompasses the first phase of our Master Plan Update, a collaborative effort with our airline partners and the FAA. It represents a $2.5-3.1 billion capital investment in capacity enhancement projects.

Over the last 20 years, the presence and growth of Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and its airline hub has resulted in CLT becoming not only one of the busiest airports in the U.S., but in the entire world. With a forward-thinking philosophy, and a focus on constant growth, CLT sees itself as an Airport of the future. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is one of the nation’s busiest airports. Our growth has been remarkable, over the several years especially, increasing from 28 million total passengers in 2005 to 50,168,783 million total passengers in 2019.

Visit the CLT Environmental Impact Statement website for select Airport capital improvement projects.

As the project progresses, adjustments to timelines, costs and other construction-related items are possible. The information on this website is the morre current approximation, however, changes are possible. 

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

This continued and sustained growth means CLT is at or near capacity. The airfield capacity enhancement study and terminal capacity enhancement study looked at possible and potential passenger growth forecasts and together form the Airport’s master plan. This plan defines the future and long term airfield and terminal development and helps craft CLT’s construction and development through 2035.

The future master plan ensures the facilities and airfield will meet future growth and construction. The plan continues to reflect Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s mission. Development and construction will be demand driven. We will build what we need, when it is needed. We will remain cost competitive and financially sustainable – no general tax dollars will be used. The Aviation Department will work closely with our airline partners and others to develop this plan. We will quantify benefits and costs of additional development and define the phases of development.

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Destination CLT Projects

Elevated Roadway and Terminal Curb Front

Elevated Roadway and Terminal Curb Front Fact Sheet

Elevated Roadway - Traffic shift video

Status:
Complete

Description:

The Airport has experienced tremendous growth, which has put a strain on the existing roadway system in front of the terminal. Construction of the hourly parking deck now provides room to widen the roadway in front of the terminal.

Additional commercial and passenger vehicle lanes are being constructed to assist those picking up and dropping off passengers. Traffic flow will be reconfigured on each level; commercial vehicles will move to the three inside lanes and personal vehicles to the five outside lanes. When complete, a total of 16 lanes will accommodate traffic.

Five new upper lanes opened April 3, 2019 marking the completion of Phase II and signaling a major milestone for the project. Phase III, the final stage of the project is underway and includes demolishing the existing entrance and exit ramps to complete the west and east ends of the roadway.

The Elevated Roadway and Terminal Curb Front was unveiled in phases with eight new lanes on the lower level roadway opening first. Commercial vehicles shifted to the three lower level inside lanes near the terminal and personal vehicles moved to the five lower level outside lanes near the Hourly Deck.

The remaining three new upper lanes near the terminal will welcome drivers once the Terminal Lobby Expansion project is complete.

This project will include the construction of passenger skybridges and pedestrian tunnels and will move the roadway further north to accommodate the future Terminal Lobby Expansion.

Duration:
36 months

Milestones:
Construction start: Winter 2015
Completion: 2019

Cost:
$50,000,000

Funding Source:
Passenger Facility Charge Revenues

Concourse A Expansion - Phase I

Concourse A Expansion - Phase I Fact Sheet

Concourse A Expansion - Opens

Status:
Complete

Description:

This project constructed nine gates north of Concourse A to accommodate expanding air service. The project included construction of the concrete ramp and taxi lanes to operate the new gates.

Duration:
24 months

Milestones:
Construction start: Spring 2016
Completion: Summer 2018

Cost:
$200,000,000

Funding Source:
Future General Airport Revenue Bonds and Passenger Facility Charge Revenues

East Terminal Expansion - The Plaza



Status:
Complete

Description:

This project plans is a three-level addition of approximately 51,000 square feet at Concourses D and E. The addition provides an area for multiple concessions on the Departures/Ticketing level and doubles the current number of escalators and elevators.

This project upgrades passenger circulation to Concourse E. The addition of three escalators, one service elevator and a widened stairway greatly increase the traffic flow to the concourse. Other components of the expansion include a service dock area for Concourses D and E, a food court, restrooms, a second Mother's Room, a children's play area and an animal relief area. There is also approximately 12,000 square feet of office level space for future space requirements of the various tenants.

Duration:
24 months

Milestones:
Construction start: Summer 2016
Completion: November 2019

Cost:
$39,000,000

Funding Source:
Future General Airport Revenue Bonds and Passenger Facility Charge Revenues

Terminal Renovations

Status:
Renovations Underway

Description:

CLT’s terminal was built in 1982. This project will bring new life to the 38-year-old building (as of 2020). Improvements will include new gate seating with integrated power and USB charging, new flooring, wall finishes, new ceilings, a new public address system and improved LED lighting.

Work is complete on Concourses A, B, and C and will soon move to Concourse  D and the Atrium.

Duration:
36 months

Milestones:
Construction start: September 2017
Completion: 2020

Cost:
$90,000,000

Funding Source:
Future General Airport Revenue Bonds and Passenger Facility Charge Revenues

Concourse E Expansion - Phase VIII and IX

Status:
Design Underway

Description:

This expansion will create 34,000 square feet of hold room, concessions space and support space on the north end of Concourse E. Currently, passengers use hold room space of other Concourse E gates and walk under temporary canopies to access aircraft hardstand parking. An additional 6,000 square feet of open ramp space will be enclosed along the east wing of Concourse E at Gate E16 to accommodate passengers of hardstand aircraft.

This project will shield passengers from the elements, decongest hold rooms and heighten security and safety with boarding bridge-equipped gates. This expansion also will enable larger regional aircraft to use the concourse due to the rising elevation on the north end and up-gauging of regional aircraft.

Duration:
26 months

Milestones:
Completion: Spring 2022

Cost:
$50,500,000

Funding Source:
Future General Airport Revenue Bonds and Passenger Facility Charge Revenues

Terminal Lobby Expansion

Terminal Lobby Expansion - Video

Status:
Construction Underway

Description:

The terminal lobby will be expanded to the north to create additional space for security lanes, ticketing and baggage claim, central energy plant, a basement level for offices and access to the subterranean walkways, an exterior canopy as well as increased circulation space in the lobby. The project also includes the construction of a Central Energy Plant that will provide mechanical space for the project.

This project will accommodate the rapid growth CLT has experienced in recent years that has put a strain on the terminal.

Duration:
60 months

Milestones:
Design: 2017 - 2019
Construction start: 2019
Completion: Fall 2025

Cost:
$600,000,000

Funding Source:
Combination of Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Revenues, Customer Facility Charge (CFC) Revenues, General Airport Revenue Bonds (GARBS), and Airport Cash

Fourth Parallel Runway

Status:
Planning Underway

Description:

An Environmental Assessment (EA) must be completed prior to design and construction of a fourth parallel runway.

The runway will be located 1,450 feet west of Runway 18C/36C and between the existing Runways 18R/36L and 18C/36C. It will include two end-around taxiways and the relocation of portions of West Boulevard and Old Dowd Road. This fourth parallel runway is anticipated to be 150 feet wide and 10,000 feet long making it CLT’s longest runway.

Duration:
10 years

Milestones:
Environmental Assessment: 2017 - 2021
Design: 2021 - 2024
Construction start: 2024
Completion: 2027

Cost:
$672,275,000

Funding Source:
Future General Airport Revenue Bonds, Passenger Facility Charge Revenues and Federal Airport Improvement Program Grants

Concourse A Expansion - Phase II

Status:
Design underway

Description:

This project will continue expansion of Concourse A to the north for an additional 10 gates.

Duration:
6 years

Milestones:
Design: 2018 - 2021
Construction start: 2022
Completion: 2024

Cost:
$205,000,000

Funding Source:
Future Airport Financing

Concourse C Expansion

Status:
Planned

Description:

This project plans for the design and construction of 10-12 additional gates on Concourse C.

Duration:
20 months

Milestones:
TBD

Cost:
$463,000,000

Funding Source:
Future Airport Financing

Concourse B Expansion

Status:
Planned

Description:

This project will provide for design and construction of an additional 8-10 gates on Concourse B.

Duration:
20 months

Milestones:
Design: TBD

Cost:
$463,000,000

Funding Source:
Future Airport Financing

Third Parallel Runway – 18R/36L

Third Parallel Runway – 18R/36L

Status:
Complete

Description:
The third runway measures 9,000 feet long and includes two taxiway bridges constructed on 650 acres. It is CLT’s fourth runway. The Airport also has one crosswind runway. The new runway will permit triple independent landings. The project included road relocation of Wallace Neal and Old Dowd roads and adjoining road construction

Duration:
35 month

Milestones:
Construction start: March 2007
Wallace Neal and Old Dowd roads relocated: March 2007
Paving begins on taxiway bridges: August 2008
Runway construction begins: August 2008
Navigational aids and lighting installation begins: December 2009
Construction complete: December 2009
Runway opens for limited daytime use January 2010
Operational Feb. 11, 2020
Commissioned Feb. 12, 2010

Cost:
$325,000,000

Funding Source:
Federal Aviation Administration, federal grants, General Obligation Bonds proceeds.

Other Projects

Air Traffic Control Tower

This is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) project that is funded and constructed by the FAA. The new tower is under construction on the south side of the airfield. When completed, the new tower will be 367 feet tall (second tallest in the country). The current FAA tower at CLT is 150 feet tall. The new tower is scheduled for commissioning in 2021.

Learn about our completed development plan: CLT 2015