Expect 2014 to be a record-breaking year for Charlotte Douglas International.
Anybody who flies knows our hometown airport is one busy place. These numbers just affirm it:
(1) 37 million: Number of travelers that made their way through CLT between Jan and Oct.
(2) If that pace continues, expect the airport to surpass its last year’s record-level 43 million passengers.
(3) International travel is up 4.6 percent.
(4) Cargo operations are up 2.2 percent.
(5) There were fewer actual landings and departures — 466,458 total — due to larger aircraft employed by American Airlines.
(6) This Friday is expected to be the biggest travel day of the Christmas season, with 25,764 passengers.
(7) 3,000 troops from Fort Jackson, SC, will fly out Saturday for their holiday leave. Give them a smile and thank you if you see them.
Did you know that the old Airport welcome sign was designed to resemble an aircraft tail? Find out more: http://t.co/9QhRpOOnlP
— CLT Airport (@CLTAirport) December 12, 2014
Charlotte airport I must commend you and your placement of quality rocking chairs throughout the airport
— Connor (@der_americonnor) December 17, 2014
Live poinsettia tree in Charlotte airport #gardenchat #christmas A photo posted by @bugladysuzanne on Dec 12, 2014 at 8:12am PST
The airport is a world of its own. Not one person judges you for chugging beer at 10am. That’s the world I want to live in.
— shanda mahoney (@shandamahoney) December 17, 2014
We hate long lines at security, but we love good news for Charlotte. Grab a beer and sit in a rocker after you’re done getting frisked by TSA.
Photo: Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer