Apr 26, 2023 - News

5 things to know about Charlotte’s new airport overlook

Rendering courtesy of Charlotte Douglas International Airport

A new airport overlook will open at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in 2024.

State of play: A temporary overlook currently sits at the corner of Old Dowd Road and Airport Overlook Drive. Its predecessor, which opened in 1989, closed on Oct. 3, 2022, for the construction of a new taxiway and future runway.

Why it matters: Airports are for communities, not just those taking off, landing or passing through. Whether you’re there for the skyline or the action on the runway, the overlook offers impressive views.

Zoom out: The new overlook will be the fifth since 1937, per the airport.

The big picture: This is one of many changes coming to the airport, which is in the fourth phase of its five-year $608 million Terminal Lobby Expansion project.

Details: You’ll find the new overlook off Marshall Drive. Here are five new features to look for:

1. Playgrounds

  • You’ll find two age-specific playgrounds, plus shaded areas and restrooms with baby changing stations.

2. More space for food trucks

  • It’s a bite with a view. The space will also include 10 covered picnic tables, plus uncovered picnic tables, benches and LED lighting for pedestrian and parking areas.

3. USAir Flight 1016 memorial

  • The Columbia, S.C. to Charlotte flight crashed in a Charlotte neighborhood in 1994, with 37 of the 57 people onboard dying in the crash.

4. Exhibits

  • You’ll be able to learn about the Carolinas’ aviation history. There will also be a fixed aircraft display and views of runway 18C and 36C, plus a future runway.

5. Plenty of parking

  • There will be paved parking for 145 vehicles. There will also be space to park your bike and space for buses.

Bonus: There will also be places for pets to go to take care of their business.

What’s next: Construction, once approved by Charlotte City Council, is scheduled to begin in late summer or early fall of this year, with the overlook opening by summer 2024.

Take a look around. 

View looking southwest. Rendering courtesy of Charlotte Douglas International Airport
View looking southwest. Rendering courtesy of Charlotte Douglas International Airport
View looking south. Rendering courtesy of Charlotte Douglas International Airport
View looking south. Rendering courtesy of Charlotte Douglas International Airport
View looking southeast. Rendering courtesy of Charlotte Douglas International Airport
View looking southeast. Rendering courtesy of Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Charlotte Douglas Airport overlook map
Rendering courtesy of Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Go deeper: Definitive guide to CLT Airport — Where to eat, how to kill time and skip lines

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