Mar 27, 2024 - Travel

TSA predicts record front-door traffic at Charlotte airport

Passengers moving through Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Passengers moving through Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

A record number of passengers are expected to go through Charlotte Douglas International Airport security this week for spring break travel, according to Transportation Security Administration officials.

Why it matters: Charlotte's airport just keeps getting busier. It's already one of the busiest airports in the world, with a record 53.4 million passengers in 2023, per airport officials.

State of play: March 28-29 and April 1 are forecast as the airport's busiest days for spring break travel.

By the numbers: 43,000 people are projected to travel through CLT on Thursday, March 28, and 41,500 on Friday, March 29, per TSA.

  • Charlotte's current daily record is 41,175 passengers, which was set on Aug. 2, 2019.
  • The current 2024 daily passenger record was set on March 24, when TSA screened 39,346 people.

What we're watching: Traffic getting to departures and arrivals during the holidays late last year was awful. The airport says it is preparing for spring break crowds by:

  • Re-routing some of their shuttle bus system to reduce roadway traffic congestion.
  • Adding staff along the terminal curb front to keep traffic moving.
  • Coordinating with state and local departments of transportation and law enforcement to manage traffic flow.

The bottom line: Get to the airport early and if you're leaving your car at the airport, reserve a parking spot at parkCLT.com or on the airport's app.

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