Charlotte Douglas International Airport

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5:24 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Stressed At The Airport? New CLT Program Features Therapy Dogs

This is Lucy, a West Highland White Terrier. In addition to being a member of the CLT Canine Crew, she also visits Alzheimer's patients at a memory care facility.
Credit Lucy Perkins / WFAE

A new team of volunteers is hounding travelers at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. A group of eight dogs and their handlers are on patrol, ready to be petted and cuddled by travelers. 

These dogs aren’t here for security reasons, they’re here to help travelers relax.

A Labradoodle named Tucker belongs to Tami Piper. She keeps him on a leash at one end of the airport lobby.  A group of eight dogs and their handlers are wearing vests that say ‘pet me.’

Tucker gets the attention of a few people walking by who aren’t rushing to catch a flight. 

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Local News
4:21 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

CLT Airport Celebrates End Of Construction With...More Construction

Slogan of Charlotte Douglas's new 10 construction plan
Credit Courtesy of Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Monday, Charlotte Douglas International airport dedicated a new rental car facility and the new hourly parking deck. It marks the end of an eight-year, $1.5 billion construction and expansion project.

How did they celebrate? By announcing a new 10 year, $2.5 billion dollar expansion.

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Local News
9:11 am
Thu April 30, 2015

10 Guns Found At Charlotte Airport This Year

An assortment of weapons found at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Every week, as passengers step through the security line at the airport, the Transportation Security Administration finds dozens of guns, knives, and other exotic weapons.

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Local News
12:35 am
Mon March 9, 2015

After Legal Victory A 'Holistic Review' Underway Of Airport Taxis, Uber

A 'holistic review' of Ground Transportation underway at Charlotte Douglas.
Credit Courtesy of Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Late last week, a judge dismissed two lawsuits against the City of Charlotte. Both were brought by taxi companies and alleged a pay-to-play scheme determined which companies could pick up passengers at Charlotte-Douglas International. The ruling is a major legal victory for the city and the airport. But it doesn’t mean ground transportation at the airport necessarily goes back to the status quo. 

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6:37 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Winter Weather Blog

Traffic moved well along Prosperity Church Road at White Cascade Drive as main roads were mostly slush. Trees in the University area were weighed down by a wet and heavy snow on their branches on Thursday February 26, 2015.
Credit John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

11:15 A.M. Update


Charlotte-Douglas has just announced American Airlines flights are again departing from the airport. Last night the airline halted all Charlotte departures due to concerns over the weather. The flights were set to resume around noon. And they have, a bit ahead of schedule.

8:30 a.m. Update


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Local News
3:57 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Charlotte Airport Expansion Plans Unveiled Tonight

Charlotte-Douglas Airport had a record 44 million passengers in 2014.
Credit Julie Rose

More than 44 million passengers flew through Charlotte-Douglas International Airport last year. That was a record, one that the airport hopes won’t stand for long.

Monday night, the Charlotte City Council will hear plans to expand Charlotte Douglas. They call for a new runway and nearly doubling the number of gates at the airport.

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Local News
9:31 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Holiday Ends With Busy Travel Days

The Thanksgiving holiday week is coming to a close, with North Carolinians on  the roads and in the air returning home Sunday and Monday. Officials at Charlotte Douglas Airport say they expect peak crowds the next two days, with more than 26,000 travelers departing daily for return trips home, as well as many arrivals.  That’s approaching the airport's daily traffic record, on the day after the Democratic National Convention in September 2012, when 29,000 people departed from Charlotte.  

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Local News
4:18 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Charlotte Asks FAA For Final Answer On Airport Control

The City of Charlotte has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to decide who will run Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The letter comes weeks after a judge ruled in the city’s favor that a state-created commission does not have authority to take control of the airport, unless the FAA approves it.

Charlotte’s city council has run the airport for 78 years.

City attorney Bob Hagemann says the city wants a final answer.

“There has been a cloud over the airport going on two years. We think it’s time to work hard to remove that cloud,” says Hagemann.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Judge Rules In City's Favor, Blocks Airport Commission

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A North Carolina judge has ruled that the Charlotte City Council may continue managing Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. The decision comes after 16 months of wrangling between city officials and state lawmakers over who will control the airport. Nevertheless, the victory is not final.

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Local News
5:54 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Judge Will Rule On Control Of Charlotte Airport Next Week

The Charlotte airport commission has been meeting, since a state law formed it last year, but it has no power, while the lawsuit runs its course.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The State of North Carolina faced off against the City of Charlotte in court today, once again, about who should control Charlotte-Douglas airport. A decision in the more-than-a-year-long case is imminent.

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