$600 million expansion project will impact travelers at Charlotte airport

Published: Jan. 6, 2020 at 8:13 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Big changes are in store at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Starting Monday, the airport’s terminal lobby is set to start a $600 million expansion.

The project will mean getting through the door will be a little more crowded than usual. Travelers will have to walk through doors 3 and 4 only. For the next two years, doors 1 and 2 are going to be permanently closed on the upper and lower levels.

Contractors with the airport say they will close down these doors by late Monday night.

The Daily North lot is also closed as of Monday.

“It’s a little bit cheaper than using the daily deck so it might push other people out even further so you need to add some additional time to go to some of the long term lots," weekly traveler Patrick Lynch said.

Airport officials are asking for patience.

“Sometimes you have to go through the inconvenience stage to make things better so, I’m looking at the big picture, but right now it’s horrible,” said Dominic Gillion.

The added construction at Charlotte Douglas International Airport could cause more headaches for passengers. Project leaders say there’s promise in the pain. The work that’s being done will transform the terminal lobby and add 175,000 more square feet.

“It’s going to slow things down in the short term which I’m sure isn’t going to make a lot of people happy, but I think it’s an excellent idea,” said Josh Kent, who was waiting in the airport to pick up his brother.

Airport workers say to give yourself more time to get there because of it.

"I parked on the fourth floor and had to go down to come back up to meet someone and see them off. It was just an interesting journey,” said Gillion.

This phase of construction also kicks off several months ahead of the RNC.

“Hopefully the changes and the adjustments that travelers make will occur before the RNC,"weekly traveler Lindsey Houser said. "If the RNC was next week I think we’d be in trouble.”

The project is expected to be completed in the next five years.

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