Charlotte Douglas International Airport

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Friday at 12:05 p.m., a flight from Philadelphia will land at Charlotte Douglas Airport. This is not normally news, or history. But this flight will be both.

If you happen to be in the terminal around that scheduled landing time make sure to stop by gate D-13 and look for US Airways flight 1939. It will be on the ground for two hours and then it’s off to Phoenix. When it takes off it will mark the end of an airline.

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Charlotte Douglas International Airport has found itself in the news recently…albeit through no fault of its own. All because one man was allegedly willing to do just about anything to avoid catching a connecting flight in our (mostly) beloved airport.  This led to the firing Tuesday of United Airlines CEO and a question about Charlotte, are we a flyover airport? Here’s WFAE’s Tom Bullock to explore that thought.

Julie Rose

Three years ago, Charlotte-Douglas Airport officials celebrated the opening of a new trash sorting facility. The goal was to turn a profit on recyclables within five years. It’s not turning out that way.

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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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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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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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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. 

Winter Weather Blog

Feb 26, 2015
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


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.

Holiday Ends With Busy Travel Days

Nov 30, 2014

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.