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Charlotte Douglas International Airport has been owned and operated by the City of Charlotte for 78 years.

Its daily operations are managed by Interim Aviation Director Brent Cagle who administers the CLT annual budget of $169,172,000, and leads the Airport Management Team as well as more than 300 Aviation Department employees. 

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) was established in 1935 and opened as Charlotte Municipal Airport before its name was changed to Douglas Municipal Airport, honoring former Mayor Ben Elbert Douglas, Sr. The Airport became known as Charlotte Douglas International Airport in 1982.

CLT provides service to 142 destinations throughout the world and averages 703 daily departures. The 1.8-million square-foot terminal building contains five concourses and 95 gates. It has more than quadrupled in size since opening in 1982. CLT is 8th nationwide and 25th worldwide in passengers. US Airways operates its largest hub at CLT. Additionally, general aviation is operated through Wilson Air Center, which serves as the executive terminal to seven Fortune 500 companies. Since 1948, the North Carolina Air National Guard has been based at CLT, home to the Guard's 145th Airlift Wing.

CLT is also a major employment center, with nearly 20,000 workers on site. The majority (6,637) are employed by US Airways, with nearly 8,500 additional workers employed by other airlines, tenants and businesses. Charlotte Douglas is also a major contributor to the region's economy, contributing nearly $10 billion in annual total economic impact, according to a report prepared by the UNCC Center for Transportation Policy Studies.

Quick Facts:

  • Served more than 41 million customers in 2012, the most in Airport history
  • Is the 7th busiest airport in U.S. operations and 8th in U.S. passengers
  • Averages 703 flights each day to 143 destinations worldwide
  • Generates more than $12 billion annually to the region's economy
  • Will house Norfolk Southern's new 200-acre regional intermodal facility expected to generate $9 billion in economic impact throughout the next 20 years
  • The CLT 2015 development program is underway and includes various expansion projects to accommodate current and future passenger growth
  • Serves more than 1.7 million in an 18-county area of North and South Carolina