Be Prepared and Plan Ahead for Holiday Travel

CLT is preparing for one of its busiest travel times of the year as Thanksgiving draws near. Airlines are reporting flights will be at least 85 percent full. The majority of passengers will depart for their holiday destinations on Tuesday, November 26 or Wednesday, November 27. Passenger traffic will peak once again on Monday, December 2 when they return home.
Parking during this period will be at a premium with 4,000 fewer spaces than last year. A good choice for convenient parking is Business Valet off Wilkinson Boulevard. 

Throughout this holiday season, passengers are encouraged to be prepared and plan ahead. The Airport has several tools in place to help customers, who should:

  • Visit and view CLT’s real-time parking map.
  • Call 704-359-5555 to hear the latest parking conditions.
  • Pay attention to and follow CLT’s dynamic roadway signs strategically located around Airport property listing lots that are open and closed.
Travelers should also consider other modes of transportation to arrive at the Airport, including:
  • Carpooling
  • Catching a ride to the terminal
  • Taking a taxi - any taxi service provider can drop off passengers at the terminal
  • Riding the CATS Sprinter bus (Route 5-Airport)
 To accommodate holiday travel demands, CLT has:
  • Reopened previous roadway closures on Airport Loop Road to Rental Car Road.
  • Stationed traffic control officers in front of the terminal and other roadway locations, as needed.
  • Added more CLT shuttle buses in rotation and increased the number of drivers that will be on hand.
  • Opened a second cell phone lot with 120 spaces to assist drivers picking up returning passengers (the lot opened earlier this year).
  • Additional Aviation Department, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airline staff will be on hand in the lobby to assist customers.
Holiday travel tips include:
  • Use one of two free Cell Phone Lots when picking up family or friends. The lots are located off Rental Car Road. Just wait in your vehicle and ask your passenger to contact you when they claim their luggage, then drive to either level of the terminal to pick them up.
  • Arrive early for flights. When traveling with young children, infants, elderly or disabled passengers, allow for even more time.
  • Review TSA's rules and regulations.
  • TSA security checkpoints will open at 4 a.m.
  • Checkpoint queue lines may be adjusted to accommodate the anticipated crowds. Pay close attention to signage directing you to the proper queue lines.
    Please note: Checkpoint C is designated for first class, preferred and elite airline customers.

Click here for a complete list of holiday travel tips.