Guide to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is the eighth busiest airport in the United States, and the largest airport in the United States without non-stop flights to Asia. Travelers can fly to Charlotte Douglas from destinations across the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and South America.

Among the airport's busiest domestic routes: Atlanta, New York, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Orlando, Newark, Phoenix, Baltimore and Houston. The busiest international routes include Cancun, Montego Bay, Toronto, Frankfurt, Nassau, Punta Cana, London and Munich.

Major carriers that operate from this airport include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport Overview

CLT has one passenger terminal with five concourses. Concourse A has 12 gates and is used by Air Canada Express, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Ultimate Air Shuttle, United and ViaAir. Concourse B has 16 gates, Concourse C has 18 gates and Concourse E has 38 gates; all are used exclusively by American Airlines. Concourse D has 13 gates and handles all international arrivals, except those that pre-cleared immigration and customs at their point of departure. American Airlines, Insel Air, JetBlue and Lufthansa use Concourse D.

Passengers flying to or from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, as well as those just visiting the airport, will find plenty of dining and shopping options. Airport restaurants include A Taste of Carolina, Carolina Beer Co., Charlotte Bistro, Farmer's Market, Hissho Sushi and Phillips Famous Seafood. Retail options include electronics shops, newsstands, duty free, clothing and jewelry stores. The airport also has a spa, ATMs, currency exchanges and a chapel. The airport also offers free wifi internet.

There are two American Airlines Admirals Clubs, which are available to members and premium cabin travelers on American. The clubs are located on Concourse B between Gates 3 and 5, and at the intersection of Concourses C and D. There is also a USO Lounge at the airport, which is available to active and retired members of the military and their families.

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport also has a few more special features. The Carolinas Aviation Museum is located on the airport grounds and is home to more than 50 aircraft. The airport also has a public viewing area, known as the Overlook, where visitors can watch planes taxi, take off and land.

Ground Transportation at CLT

Passengers flying to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport have a number of ground transportation choices.

Eight car rental companies are located near Baggage Claim. These are Advantage, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National/Alamo, Sixt and Thrifty. The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) has several bus routes that stop at the airport. Taxis are located at the curb outside Baggage Claim, and reservations are not required. Pre-arranged limousine and shared-ride shuttle service is also available. Additionally, a number of area hotels offer courtesy shuttles to their properties for hotel guests.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport Parking

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport is located about eight miles from downtown Charlotte. If you're driving to the airport, there are several parking lots from which to choose. These include an hourly parking deck adjacent to the airport's terminal, curbside valet parking, two daily parking lots and a long-term economy parking lot. A free shuttle bus is available for travelers parking in long-term parking or either of the two daily parking lots.

Two cell phone parking lots are available for drivers who are picking up passengers at the airport. The lots are free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Drivers must remain with their vehicles while parking in a cell phone lot.