Mar 2, 2016 - News

6 renderings of the first phase of our airport’s $2.5 billion transformation


Photo via Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte is building the “Airport of the future.” Honestly, Charlotte Douglas International Airport is crushing it.

Our airport is one of the 10 busiest airports in the United States. Total passenger count has gone from 25 million in 2005 to 44.9 in 2015. That’s a lot of freaking people.


The first phase is called “Destination CLT” and it has the unfortunate tagline “We’re building an airport fit for the queen.”

This first phase costs $2.5 billion. Tagline assessment — marketing guy got too excited.

new airport renderings charlotte

Elevated Roadway and Terminal Curb Front​​​​ – $50 million ​

Construction start, winter 2015 – Completion, summer 2018

“Commercial and passenger vehicle lanes will be constructed to assist those picking up and dropping off passengers. When complete, a total of 16 lanes will accommodate traffic.”

charlotte airport new terminal

Concourse A Expansion  – $200 million

Construction start, spring 2016  – Completion, spring 2018

“Nine gates north of Concourse A to accommodate expanding air service and replace several existing gates.​ The project also includes construction of the concrete ramp and taxi lanes needed to operate the new gates.”

new terminal a charlotte airport
new charlotte airport terminal

​​Termi​​nal Renovations​ – $55 million

Construction start, fall 2016 – Completion, fall 2019

“Terminal building was built in 1982. This project will bring new life to the 33-year-old building. Improvements will include terrazzo to replace carpet, wall finishes, new ceilings, a new public address system and improved LED lighting.”

led lighting new charlotte airport terminal

Terminal Lobby Expansion – $247 million ​

Design, 2017-2018 – Construction start, 2018 – Completion, 2020

“​The Terminal Lobby will be expanded to the north to create additional space for security lanes, ticketing and baggage claim areas, as well as increased circulation space in the lobby.”

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new terminal charlotte airport nc

Rendings via You can view all Phase 1 projects there. Renderings are subject to change as projects progress. They’re not photos, you get it.


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