Since opening in 1936, Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) has grown from a small, municipal airport to a dominant player in the aviation industry and the field of flight. The Airport contributes nearly $10 billion each year to Charlotte’s local economy and more than 100,000 jobs in the region are directly or indirectly related to the Airport and its services. In 2011, CLT set a new record when it welcomed more than 39 million passengers and became the world’s sixth busiest airport (in arrivals and departures).
In the ever-changing aviation industry, CLT continues to adapt and grow.
“I think you either grow and stay viable or you risk withering and dying on the vine. And we choose to grow and are fortunate enough to have the demand for additional capacity to enable us to grow,” said Aviation Director Jerry Orr in a recent interview.
The Airport outgrew its first terminal in less than three decades and on May 2, 1982, it opened a new, state-of-the-art, 325,000-square foot terminal building containing two concourses. In the past 30 years, the terminal building has grown to more than 1.8 million square feet.
Today, CLT’s terminal contains five concourses, more than 90 retail vendor and concession options and provides millions of passengers their first impressions of the Queen City.
“When I'm down in the terminal, I hear people all the time say, ‘I had no idea Charlotte was this big.’ They’re judging Charlotte by their experience in the Airport,” said Orr. “So I think it's important that we put on a good face, that's what we do in the South. We want people to think kindly of us.”
Although, CLT is amidst extensive renovations that will change the face of the terminal building and improve passenger services, throughout the coming year, there will be various events to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the current terminal building and the Airport’s contributions to the community.
Duke Energy Center Light Show Celebrates 30th Anniversary
On Monday, May 21, the Duke Energy Center light show featured Airport Teal in celebration of the terminal building’s 30th anniversary. The uptown tower, which is owned by Wells Fargo, regularly changes colors based on national or local events.
Residents are invited to share their Duke Energy Center Airport Teal pictures with CLT. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them using the hashtag #CLTCelebrates30.
The Airport is also including passengers in the 30th anniversary celebration. Past and present photos of the terminal building will be featured on video monitors inside the terminal.
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|May 2, 1982
||May 2, 2012
| "Chariots of Fire"
|#1 on Billboard's Hot 100
||"Somebody That I Used to Know"
Gotye featuring Kimbra
| #47 largest city in America
||#17 largest city in America
||Number of sq. ft. in Terminal Building