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Destination CLT

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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 46,444,380 million total passengers in 2018.

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

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.

The Navigator

2019

Destination CLT Projects

Elevated Roadway and Terminal Curb Front

Elevated Roadway

Status:
Construction Underway

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, which includes demolishing the existing entrance and exit ramps to complete the west and east ends of the roadway.

When completed in fall 2019, the Elevated Roadway and Terminal Curb Front will be unveiled in phases with the debut of eight new lanes on the lower level roadway by the end of the year. Commercial vehicles will then shift to the three lower level inside lanes near the terminal and personal vehicles will occupy 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 in four to five years.

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

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 - Phase II

East Terminal Expansion

Status:
Constrution Underway

Description:

This project plans for a three-level addition of approximately 51,000 sq. ft. at Concourses D and E. The addition will provide an area for multiple concessions on the Departures/Ticketing level and will double the current number of escalators and elevators.

This project will upgrade passenger circulation to Concourse E. The addition of three escalators, one service elevator and a widened stairway will 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 will also be approximately 12,000 sq. ft. of office level space for future space requirements of the various tenants.

Duration:
24 months

Milestones:
Construction start - Summer 2016
Completion - Summer 2019

Cost:
$39,000,000

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

Terminal Renovations
Concourse B Renovations

Status:
Renovations Underway

Description:

CLT’s terminal building was built in 1982. This project will bring new life to the 33-year-old building. Improvements will include new gate seating with integrated power and USB, new flooring, wall finishes, new ceilings, a new public address system and improved LED lighting.

Work will begin first in Concourse B and move to Concourses A, C and 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/IX
concourse e expansion- phase VIII

Status:
Design Underway

Description:

This expansion will create 34,000 sq. ft. of hold room, concessions space and support space on the north end of Concourse E. Currently, passengers utilize hold room space of other Concourse E gates and walk under temporary canopies to access aircraft hardstand parking. An additional 6,000 sq. ft. of open ramp space will be enclosed along the east wing of Concourse Eat 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 will also enable larger regional aircraft to utilize the concourse due to the rising elevation on the north end and up-gauging of regional aircraft.

Duration:
24 months

Milestones:
Construction start - Winter 2016
Completion - Spring 2021

Cost:
$47,000,000

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

Terminal Lobby Expansion
Terminal Lobby Expansion

Status:
Planned

Description:

The terminal lobby will be expanded to the north to create additional space for security lanes, ticketing and baggage claim areas, 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 which has put a strain on the terminal.

Duration:
66 months

Milestones:
Design - 2017-2019 Construction start - 2019
Completion - 2026

Cost:
$585,000,000

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

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:
24 months

Milestones:
Environmental Assessment- 2016-2020
Design - 2019-2021
Construction start - 2021
Completion - 2024

Cost:
$422,000,000

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

Concourse A Expansion - Phase II
Concourse A Expansion Phase II

Status:
Planned

Description:

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

Duration:
24 months

Milestones:
Design 2018 - 2019
Construction start - 2020
Completion - 2022

Cost:
$205,000,000

Funding Source:
Future Airport Financing

Concourse C Expansion

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:
Design - Spring 2021
Construction start - Spring 2022
Completion - Spring 2024

Cost:
$463,000,000

Funding Source:
Future Airport Financing

Concourse B Expansion
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 - 2022-2023
Construction start - Spring 2024
Completion - Spring 2026

Cost:
$463,000,000

Funding Source:
Future Airport Financing

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 May 2020.

Learn about our completed development plan: CLT 2015