The first Chick-fil-A has opened in Charlotte’s airport, one of the busiest in the world.
The new restaurant opened in the atrium behind security checkpoint B to much fanfare – the airport tweeted Thursday that long lines had already formed at 6:35 a.m., about 90 minutes after the opening.
The new Chick-fil-A is operated by HMSHost, the airport’s food and beverage concessionaire, the airport has said.
The restaurant opening comes as Charlotte Douglas progresses on its $2.5 billion, 10-year expansion project that will add a new concourse, a new terminal roadway, an expanded lobby and more.
Charlotte’s airport is the 6th busiest in the world, as measured by takeoffs and landings. Charlotte Douglas is also the second-busiest hub for American Airlines, after Dallas/Fort Worth. American operates about 90 percent of the airport’s 700 or so daily flights.