CLT Ranks Eighth Nationwide in Passenger Traffic
Airport's Preliminary Passenger Rankings Move Up

Charlotte Douglas placed eighth nationwide in passenger traffic last year, climbing three spots from 2011 figures, according to 2012 preliminary rankings recently released by Airports Council International (ACI). “In the top 10 for a community the size of Charlotte is exceptional,” said Aviation Director Jerry Orr. “CLT has become a very big airport and a very big part of the transportation system. It indicates the strength of our geographic location here on the east coast, our low costs and the viability of US Airways.”

Worldwide, CLT moved up two positions and ranked 23rd in traveler numbers. Last year, CLT experienced the largest passenger traffic in airport history, welcoming more than 41.23 million visitors. It was a 5.6 percent jump from 2011, which saw 39.04 million passengers. Throughout the past 10 years, passenger traffic at CLT has grown 79 percent.     

CLT remained the sixth busiest airport nationwide, but slipped one spot to seventh worldwide for operations. Last year, CLT oversaw 552,093 landings and departures, a 2.3 percent increase from 2011, which had 539,842 aircraft movements.

Of the top ten airports nationwide, Charlotte Douglas was among the handful that experienced growth in both passenger traffic and operations. 

Airport officials attribute much of the gain to additional flights by airlines who serve CLT. Delta Air Lines, AirTran Airways and US Airways all added flights in 2012.  

As the second largest hub on the east coast, CLT offered nonstop service to 142 destinations and averaged 703 daily departures and landings in 2012 compared to 673 in 2011.

The complete ACI report may be viewed by clicking here. Final numbers will be published in summer 2013 and rankings are subject to change.


ACI's Preliminary
Passenger Rankings for CLT
2012 2011
Nationwide Passenger Traffic 8th 11th
Worldwide Passenger Traffic 23rd 25th
Overall Passenger Traffic 41,228,372 39,043,708



ACI's Preliminary
Movement Rankings for CLT
2012 2011
Nationwide Aircraft Movements 6th 6th
Wordwide Aircraft Movements 7th 6th
Overall Aircraft Movements 552,093 539,842


Click here to review the monthly activity and traffic reports from 2012.

For more information about CLT's historical milestone of welcoming more than 41 million passengers, click here.