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About CLT

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is ranked among world’s busiest airports, with an average of 1,424 arrivals and departures and 118,636 people traveling to, from and though CLT each day, according to Airport Council International’s 2021 rankings.

ACI ranks CLT No. 5 worldwide for air traffic and No. 6 for passenger traffic, reflecting the Airport’s important role in the aviation industry and as the second-largest hub for American Airlines. ACI based its 2021 rankings on 519,895 annual aircraft arrivals and departures and an annual passenger total of 43,302,230 people.

CLT offers nonstop air service to 183 destinations around the globe and is home to eight major air carriers, 15 regional carriers and three foreign flag carriers. In 2019, a record-breaking year, CLT welcomed more than 50.2 million passengers for an average of 137,449 people a day. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, passenger numbers and flights decreased. But numbers are climbing again. In 2021, passenger counts reached 43,302,230 and aircraft arrivals and departures rose to 519,895 for the year.

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CLT's Vision:

We will serve as an economic engine of the Carolinas, facilitating the movement of people and goods, creating jobs and enterprise and sustaining a higher quality of life.

CLT's Mission:

We will be the preferred airport and airline hub by providing the highest quality product for the lowest possible cost.

The Airport is operated financially on a fully self-sustaining basis – no general fund revenues have ever been or are appropriated to the cost of the facilities or operations. Rather, Airport revenues defray all capital and operating costs including the cost of City furnished services. Airport revenue types include the airfield, terminal area, concessions, parking and the cargo area. This gives the Airport its annual operating budget.

CLT Airport Activity Reports are available for download.