Charlotte Douglas jumps to fifth-busiest airport in nation

Charlotte Douglas jumps to fifth-busiest airport in nation

CHARLOTTE, NC (Ely Portillo/The Charlotte Observer) - Charlotte's airport jumped a spot in the annual rankings, claiming the title of fifth-busiest in the nation, measured by takeoffs and landings.

Ranked by the same metric, Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the sixth-busiest in the world, according to the Airports Council International. The airport jumped one spot in both the national and international rankings, with 543,944 takeoffs and landings in 2015.

"We're proud to be a top ten airport," said interim Aviation Director Brent Cagle, in a statement. "Our numbers are a reflection of not only the growth of our region, but commitment from our tenants and partners to provide quality service to our passengers."

Charlotte Douglas saw 44.9 million travelers in 2015, an increase of 1 percent. Most passengers at Charlotte Douglas use the airport to switch from one plane to another, with about 80 percent of the airport's passengers connecting. That's because Charlotte Douglas is the second-busiest hub for American Airlines, its primary tenant.

Ranked by passengers, Charlotte Douglas is ranked ninth nationwide and 27th in the world.

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International still ranks as the world's busiest airport, according to ACI, with more than 100 million passengers last year and 882,497 takeoffs and landings last year. Chicago O'Hare ranked second, followed by Dallas/Fort Worth at No. 3, Los Angeles at No. 4, and Beijing at No. 5.