Charlotte/Douglas, NC – OEP:KCLT

IMPACT: NextGen-Noise
8-15-2015 KCLT
CHARLOTTE/DOUGLAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
(5,000 acres) Charlotte, NC

Four Nearby Instrument Airports:

[KAKH] 10 W ; [KUZA] 15 S ; [KJQF] 16 NE ;
[KIPJ] 19 NW ;
(ave. distance: 15 nm)

Total Based Aircraft:92
(14 single-props, 19 multi-props)
(48 jets, 1 helicopter, 10 military aircraft)
Operations & ATC:
(est. 1,494 ops/day (95% commercial)
24hr FAA towerFAA staffing as of 9/20/14:88
FAA’s ATADS data shows Peak Year was 2013. Total airport operations in 2014 were DOWN 2% from the peak year.
Click on this button for links to background info: [KCLT]-REFERENCE
Additional buttons:NextGen-Noisesearch (aiR)OEP-35
AIRNAV Form 5010 WIKI NOAA (weather)
FlightAware.comFlightStats.comFlightRadar24.com

CLT ATADS data, 1991-2014:

Year Commercial Ops % Commercial TOTAL OPS Change from Peak Year
1991 374,732 84% 446,415 -20%
1992 391,405 85% 461,944 -17%
1993 379,741 84% 450,547 -19%
1994 410,448 85% 480,202 -14%
1995 400,813 86% 465,068 -17%
1996 395,521 86% 459,444 -18%
1997 395,531 86% 457,886 -18%
1998 393,060 86% 455,142 -18%
1999 381,510 86% 444,629 -20%
2000 404,692 88% 460,370 -17%
2001 420,076 89% 471,155 -16%
2002 412,569 90% 459,488 -18%
2003 403,115 91% 442,388 -21%
2004 427,783 91% 467,676 -16%
2005 485,444 93% 523,270 -6%
2006 475,039 93% 510,918 -8%
2007 489,379 93% 525,943 -6%
2008 504,725 94% 537,598 -4%
2009 484,114 95% 509,464 -9%
2010 502,952 95% 529,107 -5%
2011 513,802 95% 539,842 -3%
2012 527,029 95% 552,515 -1%
2013 531,137 95% 557,955 PEAK YEAR
2014 517,575 95% 545,294 -2%

Aeronautical chart from VFRmap.com. (Click to open in a new window).

Scrollable aerial view at bing.com. (Click to open in a new window).


Airport Narrative (Overview & History)

Charlotte is 240-miles from the largest airport hub in the world: Atlanta, as dominated by Delta-Northwest. The Charlotte airport first emerged as a hub for Piedmont airlines, shortly after the 1978 airline deregulation. Passenger figures are said to have nearly doubled, from 1978 to 1980. Piedmont was merged into USAirways in 1989.

The airport attracted service by Lufthansa in 1992, which quickly ended (then returned again in 2003). British Airways also began and eventually discontinued routes. The bulk of the commercial traffic is USAirways, as their primary hub for the southeast quadrant of the United States, with minimal competition from the other carriers. Other major airlines typically provide only minimal service, with direct routes feeding into their own major hubs.

A major development was the completion of a third parallel north-south runway, which opened in 2010. It is a mile to the west of the other runways, thus enabling multiple simultaneous traffic flows. Lawsuits have been generated.