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Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) served over 43 million passengers in 2021, and is the sixth busiest airport for passenger traffic in the U.S.
It’s the second-largest hub for American Airlines after Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), with the airline operating around 90% of flights in and out of CLT.
Considering the number of passengers CLT serves, it’s quite a compact airport and does not require the need to travel by train or shuttle in between departure areas — all concourses are accessible by walking.
Airport: Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
Terminals: 1 Central Terminal and Concourses A, B, C, D, and E
Airport Address: 5501 Josh Birmingham Pkwy., Charlotte, NC 28208
Distance From Uptown Charlotte: 8 miles (13 km)
Phone Number: 704-359-4013
Destinations Served: 179 nonstop destinations globally
Daily Flights: 1,424
Flight Information: Departures and arrival information can be viewed online.
Concourse A
Air Canada, Contour, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country Airlines, Swift Air, United Airlines, Viva Aerobus, Volaris
Concourse B
American Airlines
Concourse C
American Airlines
Concourse D
American Airlines, Lufthansa
Concourse E
American Airlines
Charlotte Douglas International Airport consists of 1 main terminal and 6 concourses. The concourses are all past security and within walking distance of each other, so there is no need to take a train or shuttle bus to get to your gate.
A looping road system, outside of the main terminal, connects the airport to the parking lots, car rental center, and the major highways and interstates leading to Charlotte and beyond.
The main terminal is the central body of the airport and consists of 3 levels. Level 1 is baggage claim with tunnel access to the car rental center and hourly parking deck adjacent to the terminal.
Level 2 is check-in and ticketing with 5 security checkpoints leading through to the departure concourses. Level 3 is the mezzanine level with a USO lounge, chapel, and nursing room.
Concourse A has a total of 19 gates split across 2 areas. Gates A1 to A8, and A10 to A13 are closest to the main terminal and gates A21 to A25 and A28 to A29 are further north of the airport accessible via a connector with moving walkways.
Security checkpoint A is the closest to Concourse A on the west side of the terminal and there is a good selection of shops and restaurants in the north and south concourses, as well as in the connector.
Concourse B is located in the southwest area of the airport and has 11 gates numbered B1 to B11. The concourse has an American Airlines Admirals Lounge and a range of shops and restaurants.
Security checkpoints A and B are the closest to Concourse B. To reach Concourse A, take a left out of Concourse B, or for the other concourses, take a right out of Concourse B.
Concourse C has 14 gates numbered C2 to C11, C13 to C15, and C19 and is located in the southeast area of the airport. Just outside of the concourse is a large American Airlines Admirals Club that is situated in the D and E gate connector, and the closest security checkpoint is checkpoint C.
There are several shops and restaurants in Concourse C and flights are operated exclusively by American Airlines. To reach the D and E gates, take a right out of Concourse C, or to reach the A and B gates take a left.
Concourse D is located on the east side of the airport and is the main concourse for international flights. There are 8 gates numbered D1, D3-D6, D8, D10, D13, and the closest security checkpoints are D and E on the east side of the terminal.
To reach Concourse E, take a right out of Concourse D, or to reach the other concourses, continue straight along the moving walkways.
There are several shops and restaurants in Concourse D with more situated in the D/E connector. An American Express Centurion Lounge is also located in the Concourse D/E connector on the mezzanine level.
Concourse E consists of 33 gates numbered E1 to E13, E18, E20 to E31, E36 to E38, E40, E41, E43, and E45 and is situated on the east side of the airport.
To access Concourse E, passengers need to take the escalator or elevator down to level 1 from the connector where there are moving walkways. To reach Concourse D, take a left out of Concourse E, or to reach the other concourses take a right and walk along the connector.
Charlotte Douglas is a fully connected airport with all concourses accessible from the main terminal, as well as each other. The only way to get between concourses is to walk — there are no trains or electronic people movers.
It’s possible to walk between the 2 furthest gates within 15 minutes, and for passengers with any mobility issues, wheelchair assistance can be provided by contacting your airline.
Any passengers arriving on international flights will be required to clear customs at CLT, excluding any countries with pre-approval.
CLT has 5 security checkpoints situated across the terminal, providing easy access to each concourse.
TSA PreCheck
CLT has 2 dedicated TSA PreCheck lanes — 1 at checkpoint B and 1 at checkpoint D. If you have been approved following the application process, then you are eligible to use these lanes for expedited security clearance.
A TSA PreCheck Enrollment Center is located in the atrium after security and applicants can visit here for an enrollment interview. You’re able to use any TSA PreCheck lanes at any U.S. airport once your application has been approved and you have received your Known Traveler Number.
Global Entry
CLT participates in Global Entry for expedited international clearance of pre-approved, low-risk passengers.
Conditionally approved passengers are required to attend an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center to finalize their application. CLT’s Enrollment Center is located in the baggage claim area of the main terminal and is open Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The airport also participates in Enrollment on Arrival at the Concourse D Federal Inspection Area.
CLT has 5 lounges — 2 American Airlines Admirals Clubs, a Centurion Lounge, a Minute Suites, and a USO lounge for active military. Day passes can be purchased for the American Airlines lounges and hourly passes for Minute Suites. A Delta Sky Club will open in 2024.
* Hours are subject to change without notice. Lounge access may be restricted at times due to capacity.
** Day Pass for any passenger. Lounges marked as N/A only allow entry for eligible passengers in their premium cabins, frequent flyer programs, or participating credit card programs.
Hot Tip: Avoid lounge entry fees by checking out our article on the best credit cards for lounge access.
Priority Pass members are entitled to use their pass for 1 hour at Minute Suites. Any additional time will be charged at a reduced rate of $28 per hour.
Members also have access to The Club CLT and Gameway.
Hot Tip: To become a Priority Pass member, check out our dedicated Priority Pass article and the best credit cards for Priority Pass access.
CLT has 60+ restaurants, bars, cafes, and grab-and-go food outlets. Most are located within the secure area, with just a few cafes located outside of security in the baggage and ticketing areas.
If you know what concourse you are departing from, you can check what restaurants are nearby on the airport website.
Free Wi-Fi is available at CLT for passengers to use in all public areas. To connect, select the network “CLT Free WiFi” and launch your browser.
Charging Stations: These can be found in all concourses and some gate areas. Seating with charging stations can be found at gates A21 to A29 and throughout Concourse B.
When you lose an item in CLT, the department you need to contact will depend on where you lost the item:
Information Services: CLT has information desks in the center of the ticketing area and baggage claim. There are also customer service volunteers throughout the airport that can be easily identified by their bright yellow shirts.
Travelers Aid: There is no Travelers Aid center at CLT, however, there is a Community Link center located in Charlotte at 601 E. 5th St., Suite 220, Charlotte, NC 28202.
Children’s Play Areas: There are no play areas for children at CLT, however, there are a few features that might keep the kids entertained such as musical performances in the atrium and some exciting art and sculptures.
Hot Tip: Explore the most kid-friendly U.S. airports and see why CLT was one of the worst airports on our list.
Baby Facilities: CLT has 3 nursing rooms located on the upper level of the atrium near the chapel, in the Concourse A connector, and near the D/E connector.
Pet Relief Areas: Pet relief areas are located inside and outside of security:
Inside Security:
Outside Security:
Duty-free: Duty-free shopping can be found in the international concourse, Concourse D.
Smoking Areas: Smoking is not permitted inside the airport anywhere. Designated smoking areas can be found outside of the terminal at the far west end on the departures level, and near doors A and D on the arrivals level.
Interesting Features: The CLT Canine Crew consists of a team of service dogs that roam the airport looking for love and attention. You’ll see them sporting a “Pet Me” vest with a handler.
Prayer: CLT has an airport chapel located on the mezzanine level in the main terminal.
Money: ATMs are located:
Inside Security:
Outside Security:
Luggage: CLT has no luggage storage facilities inside the airport.
General inquiries: 704-359-4000
Parking: 704-359-4038
Lost and found office: 704-359-8765
Arriving From Uptown Charlotte
Take US-74 W from Charlotte and after approximately 4.5 miles, use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto N. Josh Birmingham Parkway for access to the airport.
Arriving From the South
Take I-77 N and use the right 2 lanes to take exit 1A-B for I-485 towards Pineville/Huntersville. Keep left at the fork to continue on exit Goode Freeway following signs for I-485 Inner N./Huntersville and merge onto I-485. Take exit 9 to merge onto US-29 N/US-74 E/Wilkinson Blvd. and then take a sharp right onto N. Josh Birmingham Parkway.
Arriving From the West
Follow I-85 N to Little Rock Road in Charlotte. Take exit 32 from I-85 N to merge onto Little Road Road and continue onto N. Josh Birmingham Parkway.
CLT has 6 on-site parking options for passengers suitable for short- and long-term parking.
The hourly parking deck is located just across from the main terminal and is connected by walkways to/from level 2. This is in the same building as the car rental center with hourly parking available on levels 4 to 7. The first 15 minutes are free, with each hour costing $6, up to a daily maximum of $24. 
There are 3 daily parking lots — east, west, and north — located a little further from the terminal. Passengers can ride the courtesy shuttle bus between the terminal and these parking lots. These parking lots charge a flat fee of $12 per day.
There are 2 long-term lots at CLT at the north end of the airport that offers the most competitively priced parking. The long-term 1 and long-term 2 parking lots are accessible by riding the courtesy shuttle bus to/from the terminal and cost just $10 per day to park.
Curbside Valet
If you’re in a rush or are just looking for the most convenient option, then a curbside valet service is available at the far east end of the departures level. Valet parking is available daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and costs $35 per day.
Pick-up or Drop-off Parking
Passengers can be picked up and dropped off on either the departure or arrival levels, but waiting is not permitted. To accompany a passenger into the terminal or to meet them on arrival, visitors can park for up to 15 minutes free in the hourly parking deck.
Alternatively, when picking up passengers, visitors can park for free in 1 of the 2 cell phone waiting lots until the passenger calls for pick-up.
Daily parking is reasonably priced at CLT, but if you’re looking for the cheapest option available, or to combine your parking with a hotel stay, then be sure to check availability at hotels and off-site parking lots.
If you book with, parking starts at just $5 per day with all hotels and off-site parking lots offering free shuttle services to/from the airport.
Parking for disabled passengers is available in all parking lots and shuttle buses are accessible for wheelchair users or those with mobility concerns. Assistance can be requested by calling 704-359-4038.
General parking inquiries: 704-359-4038
Assistance request for disabled passengers when parking: 704-359-4038
The rental car facility is located outside the terminal on level 2 of the hourly deck. The following rental car companies operate at CLT:

Hot Tip: Check out credit cards with car rental insurance so you can save money on expensive insurance through the rental provider. 
CLT has a good selection of hotels located from 1.6 miles away and further. Accommodation ranges from 2 to 4 stars and most hotels offer a courtesy shuttle service to and from the airport.
We’ve listed hotels below that are 1.6 to 4 miles from the airport, ordered by distance.
CLT Airport Hotels





































The Hyatt House Charlotte Airport offers shuttle service to both the airport and destinations within a 3-mile radius, including multiple shops and restaurants. Amenities include a complimentary breakfast with an omelet bar, a 24-hour workout room, an outdoor pool, and a hot tub. With award nights starting at just 3,500 World of Hyatt points per night!
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte is not only close to the airport, but other area attractions as well like Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Discovery Place Science, and SouthPark Mall. Each guest “suite” is quite large and comfortable, and amenities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, free breakfast, free self-parking, and a free airport shuttle service. Award nights start at 43,000 Hilton points per night.
The Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel offers guests access to 2 pools, a fitness center, laundry service, car rentals, and a complimentary shuttle to surrounding destinations and the airport. Award nights for Marriott Bonvoy members start at 30,000 points per night.
CLT acknowledges that it is operating almost at maximum capacity and is in the midst of many renovation projects to expand and enhance its facilities.
With a phased approach, new developments are due to be launched yearly through 2026, with some recent evidence of expansion of the terminal lobby. When fully complete, the full terminal expansion project will provide 3 large security checkpoints, pre-security concession spaces, charging stations, and new ticketing counters.
Air Canada, American Airlines, Contour, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Southwest, Spirit, Swiftair, United Airlines, Viva Aerobus, and Volaris operate out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
2 security checkpoints at Charlotte Douglas International Airport have TSA PreCheck lanes — 1 at checkpoint B and 1 at checkpoint D.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport does not allow passengers to remain inside the secure area overnight, so if you’re looking to sleep at the airport, this would be landside, requiring you to re-clear security the following morning.
Southwest Airlines operates out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport and flights usually depart and arrive from Concourse A.
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United offer curbside check-in at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Frontier operates out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport and flights usually depart and arrive from Concourse A.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport does accept mobile boarding passes. If you are connecting at another airport from CLT then it is advisable to check whether the connecting airport also accepts mobile boarding passes.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport does not have CLEAR at any of its security checkpoints. Only TSA PreCheck is available in security checkpoints B and D.
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