Charlotte Douglas International Airport

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Charlotte-Douglas airport’s calling card has long been low cost for airlines. CLT is the cheapest of the nation’s 25 largest airports for airlines to drop or collect passengers.  The airport moves more passengers using less space than any other, and employs less than half the average number of employees. But, according to reports released today, that thriftiness is creating its own costs: mishandled contracts and payments from a lack of oversight.

Nicola since 1972 / Flickr

The Charlotte city council met behind closed doors Monday night with its lawyers to discuss, once again, the ongoing lawsuit against state lawmakers and the airport commission they created to take control of Charlotte Douglas. The council will continue the suit, despite another, recent state law intended to stop it.

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The worms at Charlotte Douglas International Airport could soon be under new management, as the airport seeks a new contractor to run its recycling program.


Twenty years ago Thursday, a USAir jet crashed near Charlotte-Douglas airport, killing 37 of the 52 passengers aboard. Flight 1016 was arriving in Charlotte on a flight from Columbia, SC, on the evening of July 2, 1994. All five crew members survived the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board's investigation concluded that the plane flew into a "wind-shear," produced by a rapidly-developing thunderstorm near the airport.

Airport 'Clarity' Bill Passes Legislature

Jun 17, 2014
Nicola since 1972 / Flickr

The state legislature has successfully passed another effort to wrest Charlotte Douglas airport from City Council control.


There's a lot of construction going on at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. There are also fewer parking spaces. So finding parking is not easy.   

But to make it a little easier, airport and transit officials will begin offering two new express bus routes to the airport starting Monday. 

Julie Rose

Amid an FBI investigation, a city ordered review and claims that corruption was at the heart of the original process, the Charlotte airport is re-opening its controversial taxi contract.

Julie Rose

With Charlotte’s airport being a major hub for US Airways, passengers from across the country often save money by booking flights which stop in our city before reaching their final destination. But a new study shows those savings aren’t shared by those of us who call Charlotte home.

Julie Rose

The FBI has expanded its investigation of corruption in Charlotte. Agents are now looking into allegations of a pay-to-play scheme involving Taxi companies and the airport.

Summer Brings Fewer Parking Spaces At CLT Airport

May 22, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

If you’re flying out of Charlotte Douglas International – the airport is advising passengers to arrive early this Memorial Day weekend …. actually, for the whole summer.

That's because parking spaces are hard to find. The airport has demolished one parking deck to build a larger one.

Cindy Crissman is frustrated. 

"There's no parking. It's all limited," Crissman says. "When I've been down before, all – even long-term lots were full." 

But she's not looking for parking.  She drove down from Lexington three weeks ago to drop her friend off at the airport.