New runway planned for Charlotte airport

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A new runway tops the list of improvements Charlotte/Douglas Airport is planning in the coming months.

It's starting off with an environmental study to see what the impact will be if Charlotte/Douglas International Airport puts in a new runway.  But that's just the beginning of the projects officials are hoping will come to pass.

The new runway, to be opened sometime in 2014, will allow three planes to land and take off at the same time.

By comparison, Atlanta Airport has four runways.

Also on the wish list are renovations to two concourses, the international terminal, food courts and a new valet parking deck.

Jerry Orr, the Aviation Director at the airport said a new control tower is also needed to keep pace with demand.

Over 40 million people flew in and out of the airport just last year, and there are certainly no signs of a slowdown.

Several of the major carriers have requested new gates, and well as new overall space for the increase in passengers.

Monday night, officials addressed the Charlotte City Council with their proposal.

The airport already has a good footing when it comes to their performance.  They've earned a triple A rating, and said they have brought in 12 billion dollars in economic impact to the city in the last fiscal year alone.

That's three times what it was just a few years ago.

Airport officials are hoping the Federal Government will help pay for at least some of the cost of all the new projects.

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