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Charlotte Douglas adds private room for nursing mothers

An American Eagle jet taxis to the terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Dec. 17, 2014.
An American Eagle jet taxis to the terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Dec. 17, 2014. tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Douglas International Airport has added a mother’s room and plans to open two more as it expands.

The new room, which opened to the public Oct. 9, is on the upper level of the atrium (above Cinnabon), across from the airport chapel, said Lauri Golden, the airport’s customer engagement manager. That level is accessible via stairs or elevator.

Additional mother’s rooms are planned for the airport’s A North expansion and in the terminal Eastside expansion.

The mother’s room provides a space for women who are nursing or pumping breast milk. It features seating, a sink area, power outlets and a diaper changing station.

The rooms provide a private space away from crowds at Charlotte Douglas, the world’s seventh-busiest airport based on takeoffs and landings.

Charlotte Douglas has kicked off a major construction project that is expected to be completed over the next decade. The airport will widen the road in front of the terminal from three lanes to eight, add tunnels and skybridges, expand the terminal lobby and add a fourth parallel runway. City Council approved spending $7.8 million on the first phase of Concourse A North in September.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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