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Charlotte Douglas begins busy holiday week


Another holiday travel week is underway at CLT.

Airport passengers are encouraged to be prepared and plan ahead for the large crowds that are expected in the upcoming days.

To assist with holiday traffic, Airport officials will have additional airline and TSA personnel on hand.

Security checkpoint lines will be the heaviest Thursday, December 20 – Sunday, December 23 as passengers depart for their holiday destinations and Wednesday, January 2 – Friday, January 4 when visiting flyers return home.

Passengers are advised to arrive early for their flights; when traveling with young children, infants, elderly or disabled passengers, allow for even more time. TSA security checkpoints will open at 4:15 a.m.

Travelers may enter any of the Airport's five security checkpoints to access their gate.

While construction of the new Hourly deck continues, plenty of parking remains at Charlotte Douglas. 

Passengers are reminded that while space is available in the East and West Daily decks, transportation to and from the terminal is provided by shuttle bus.

Due to active construction, walking to and from the terminal and Daily decks is no longer possible.

Holiday Travel Tips:

  • Get dropped off at the Airport, carpool, ride CATS, or use one of the many taxi and ground transportation companies serving the Airport.
  • Visitors picking up family or friends are encouraged to utilize the free Cell Phone Lot. The lot is located on Rental Car Road. Just wait in your vehicle and ask your passenger to contact you when they claim their luggage, then drive to either level of the terminal to pick them up.
  • Passengers can be picked up and dropped off along the terminal's curbside, however, vehicles cannot be left unattended. Curbside parking is not allowed and unattended vehicles may be towed; this includes all lanes on the ticketing and baggage claim levels.
  • Check with your airline for updated flight information, as well as baggage size and weight rules. Additional fees could be applicable.

Departing Passenger Tips:

  • Checkpoint queue lines may be adjusted to accommodate the anticipated crowds. Pay close attention to signage directing you to the proper queue lines.
  • Save time by printing boarding passes at home.
  • Obtain specific information about Charlotte Douglas International Airport by visiting or by the Airport's automated phone information at 704.359.4910.
  • Contact your airline for updated flight information.

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