CLT Experiences Largest Passenger Growth Among Top Ten Airports Nationwide

Last year, Charlotte Douglas experienced the largest passenger growth among top ten airports in the country, according to 2013 preliminary rankings by Airports Council International (ACI). CLT welcomed 43,457,471 million travelers in 2013. It was a 5.4 percent jump from 41,228,372 million passengers in 2012. 

The increase maintained CLT's eighth nationwide and 23rd worldwide passenger traffic rankings.

Charlotte Douglas also held its positions as sixth nationwide and seventh worldwide in operations. Last year, CLT oversaw 557,948 aircraft movements, an 1.1 percent bump from 2012, which had 552,093 landings and departures.

Airport officials attribute much of the gain to added flights by airlines who serve CLT. US Airways began nonstop service to São Paulo, Brazil in June 2013, and Southwest Airlines launched service in April 2013.

Additional flights are scheduled  to start  this year. US Airways will introduce international nonstop seasonal service from Charlotte Douglas to Barcelona, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal, Manchester, England and Brussels, Belgium later this spring. The airline will also begin regional twice-daily, nonstop service to Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport and Tulsa International Airport in July at CLT.

As the second largest hub on the east coast, CLT offered nonstop service to 146 destinations and averaged 714 daily departures and landings in 2013.

Click here to review the report. Final ACI rankings will be published later this year. Rankings are subject to change.


ACI's Preliminary
Passenger Rankings for CLT
2013 2012
Nationwide Passenger Traffic 8th 8th
Worldwide Passenger Traffic 23rd 23rd
Overall Passenger Traffic 43,457,471 41,228,372




ACI's Preliminary
Movement Rankings for CLT
2013 2012
Nationwide Aircraft Movements 6th 6th
Worldwide Aircraft Movements 7th 7th
Overall Aircraft Movements 557,948 552,093


Click here to review monthly activity and traffic reports from 2013.

For more information about CLT's record breaking year and to see how traffic has grown throughout the decade, click here.