Charlotte Douglas International Airport smashes all-time passenger record in 2017
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) served nearly 46 million travelers in 2017, setting an all-time passenger record.
This is a 3% increase on 2016, which welcomed 44.4 million flyers. The previous record was 44.9 million passengers set in 2015.
"This is a great achievement," said Brent Cagle, CLT Aviation Director/CEO. "We remain focused on continued growth and accomplishing more milestones in 2018."
Passenger enplanements also climbed 3% to 22.9 million, and international travel rose 6% to 3.3 million passengers.
Aircraft movements increased by 1.5% to 553,812 in 2017.
Airport officials attributed much of the gain to strong customer demand, continued growth at the hub, as well as growth of the region.
CLT offered non-stop service to 171 destinations, including 34 international locations and averaged 700 daily departures in 2017.
2017 introduced a number of new non-stop flights: American Airlines to Bangor, Maine; George Town, Bahamas; Rapid City, South Dakota; Shreveport, Louisiana; Toledo, Ohio; and Montrose, Colorado. In addition, Frontier Airlines launched a non-stop service to Cleveland, Ohio.
CLT is one of the fastest-growing airports in the US and has been preparing for passenger growth. Destination CLT, a US$2.5 billion development plan, is well under way, the airport operator reported.
The plan includes terminal expansion and renovations. This summer, Concourse A Expansion - Phase I will open, adding nine gates. Concourse B renovations will wrap up by the end of the year.
Last year, the Aviation Department also kicked off one of the most extensive concession revamps in airport history. Chick-fil-A (Atrium), CNBC Express (Concourse E), Panda Express (Concourse E), Tumi (D/E Connector), Xpress Spa (A/B and D/E connectors) and Starbucks (Concourse D) opened, offering more than 100 stores and restaurants in the terminal.
Several more concessions are scheduled to begin trading this year, the company said.