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Charlotte airport ranks 8th busiest in the U.S.

Last year, 44.3 million passengers visited Charlotte Douglas, the largest volume in the airport’s history, according to the Airports Council International’s preliminary rankings, which are based on 1,095 airports worldwide.
Last year, 44.3 million passengers visited Charlotte Douglas, the largest volume in the airport’s history, according to the Airports Council International’s preliminary rankings, which are based on 1,095 airports worldwide. tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Douglas International Airport once again ranks eighth busiest in the U.S. in terms of passenger traffic.

International traffic was a key factor in the the airport’s growth, Charlotte Douglas said in a statement Friday. Travel abroad rose last year to 2.9 million passengers, up 4 percent from 2.8 million in 2013.

Last year, 44.3 million passengers visited Charlotte Douglas, the largest volume in the airport’s history, according to the Airports Council International’s preliminary rankings, which are based on 1,095 airports worldwide.

“We pride ourselves at CLT on being a premiere airport not only in this country, but in the world,” Brent Cagle, the airport’s interim aviation director, said in a statement. “As we continue to grow, our goal is to provide our passengers a first-rate facility, excellent customer service and flights to destinations throughout the world.”

According to ACI’s rankings, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is the busiest in the U.S. in terms of takeoffs and landings, followed by Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

In terms of worldwide passenger traffic, Charlotte Douglas ranked 24th last year, down from 23rd in 2013.

The airport was also once again sixth busiest in the nation in terms of operations, or nationwide aircraft movements, despite a 2 percent decrease in landings and departures from 2013 as airlines used larger, more fuel efficient planes.

Last year, Charlotte Douglas added two new airlines, Frontier and ViaAir, and gained new flights. American Airlines, which merged with US Airways in 2013, added domestic flight between Charlotte and Evansville, Ind.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Oklahoma City, Okla. American also added a second daily flight to London’s Heathrow Airport.

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