American Airlines has told Charlotte Douglas International Airport it needs more gates for domestic flights, prompting the city to spend an extra $473,000 to design four new gates on Concourse E.
On Monday night, the City Council approved spending the extra money with LS3P Associates.
Concourse E is home to most of American’s regional jet flights, and is already being expanded with six new gates, concessions and restrooms. This addition would now be for 10 gates.
“Since the merger (of American and US Airways), we have seen steady growth in the number of new domestic destinations and passenger traffic,” interim aviation director Brent Cagle said in an email.
He cited the airline’s new service to Springfield, Mo., which will start in the fall.
While American has added domestic service from Charlotte since the merger, the airline has dropped some international flights from Charlotte, including two flights to Brazil.
The airport had planned to build a new international concourse north of Concourse A, on the site of the old rental car lots. That plan has been scrapped.
Instead, the airport plans to build a new domestic concourse on that site. After the 10-gate project at Concourse E is finished, the new Concourse A project may handle future expansions, Cagle said.