Local Passenger Traffic Rises During Christmas Holiday

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) saw a 6.2 percent increase of local passengers in the days leading up to and immediately following the Christmas holiday when compared to 2011. Local passengers are those who begin their flight from CLT and go through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security screening checkpoints.

Between Friday, December 21 and Thursday, December 27, nearly 140,000 originating passengers were screened at CLT. This was up more than 8,000 from last year. Friday, December 21, shows the largest jump in passengers screened, which was up 26 percent.

Airport officials attribute the jump to Christmas falling in the middle of the week instead of on the weekend; therefore, more travelers chose to fly to their destination instead of drive.

Another busy day was on Thursday, December 20, when 25,597 people were processed by TSA. This was in conjunction with Victory Block when approximately 2,300 soldiers from Fort Jackson departed from CLT.

In 2012, the Democratic National Convention (DNC) mass departure date, Friday, September 7, remained the busiest day at CLT in history. On that day, more than 26,000 local passengers departed from CLT, which broke local passenger traffic records, and TSA screened 29,539.

Local Passengers Screened at CLT

  2011 2012 % Difference
Dec. 21  19,290 24,342 26.1%
Dec. 22 21,204 21,219 0.07%
Dec. 23 20,040 18,855 -5.9%
Dec. 24 14,899 12,623 -15.2%
Dec. 25 13,504 15,964 18.2%
Dec. 26 20,681 22,046 6.6%
Dec. 27 21,521 24,245 12.6%
TOTALS 131,139 139,294 6.2%