FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 10, 2011
Contact: Haley Gentry, 704-359-4933
The Airport will temporarily close a portion of Taxiway E on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 for construction related to the upcoming Runway 18C/36C rehabilitation project. Taxiway E will remain closed for 30 days. While Runway 18C/36C will be operational during this closing, the taxiway construction will result in sporadic departures occurring on Runway18R/36L. Communities southwest of the Airport could experience aircraft overflights not normally seen due to modified air traffic control procedures.
Runway 18C/36C is scheduled to undergo a complete rehabilitation of the concrete surface starting August 15, 2011. Contractors will remove the pavement from the full length, middle portion of the runway and replace it with new concrete. New runway lighting will also be installed. The project is scheduled to take sixty days. During this work, Runway 18C/36C will be closed and the departures that typically use this runway will use Runway 18R/36L for takeoff.
Runway 18C/36C is a 32-year old concrete runway that opened in 1979. Typical useful life for concrete is 25-30 years. The project cost is $26.5 million and is funded through General Airport Revenue Bonds.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is owned and operated by the City of Charlotte. Serving more than 38 million passengers in 2010, CLT is ranked 7th nationally in airport operations and 11th in passengers.* Seven major carriers, 14 regional carriers and two foreign flag carriers offer 703 daily flights from CLT with nonstop service to 137 destinations, including 35 international locations. *Data from Airports Council International