CHARLOTTE, NC — Long lines and heavy traffic are expected at Charlotte Douglas on Monday. As people continue to travel following the Thanksgiving holiday, the airport said to expect to delays.
Airport officials said in addition to the 100,000 people who pass through the Charlotte Douglas daily, they are projecting nearly 30,000 more passengers to be at the airport on Monday.
Officials with the Charlotte Douglas International Airport said the busiest day of the week is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday following the holiday. On Sunday, the airport served an additional 31,000 people.
Airport Will Struggle to Get Charlotte Residents Home After Thanksgiving
Every airport gets busy around this time of year, and this one is no exception. Thousands of people traveled through the airport for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Airport officials were asking people to arrive at Charlotte Douglas early and two hours before their flight.
Checkpoints opened at 5 a.m. on Monday morning. This is quite early for the airport, but it had to happen. In order to accommodate all of the people who want to travel back home from seeing their families, the airport had to start early.
In addition to the changes, the airport has added 1,700 parking spaces. You can visit the airport’s parking map before you arrive at Charlotte Douglas to help you plan for parking. If you are picking up or dropping off friends and family members, you are encouraged to use the Hourly Deck.
Officials say they have also relocated the free Cell Phone Lot to give drivers direct access to the terminal which is located off Josh Birmingham Parkway.
The airport is also continuing renovations, so travelers may notice construction in certain areas of the terminals.