​​​​​​Aviation Department

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) has been owned and operated by the City of Charlotte for 80 years.

Its daily operations are managed by Aviation Director/CEO Brent Cagle who administers the CLT annual budget of $172,053,116, and leads the Airport Management Team as well as more than 600 Aviation Department employees. 

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) was established in 1935 and opened as Charlotte Municipal Airport before its name was changed to Douglas Municipal Airport, honoring former Mayor Ben Elbert Douglas, Sr. The Airport became known as Charlotte Douglas International Airport in 1982.

CLT provides service to more than 175 destinations throughout the world and averages 700 daily departures. The 1.8-million square-foot terminal building contains five concourses and 114 gates. It has more than quadrupled in size since opening in 1982. CLT is 10th nationwide and 32nd worldwide in passengers. CLT is the second largest hub for American Airlines, the world's largest airline. Additionally, general aviation is operated through Wilson Air Center- CLT, which serves as the executive terminal for six Fortune 500 companies. Since 1948, the North Carolina Air National Guard has been based at CLT, home to the Guard's 145th Airlift Wing.

CLT is also a major employment center, with nearly 18,000 workers on site. The majority (more than 11,000) are employed by American Airlines, with nearly 9,000 additional workers employed by other airlines, tenants and businesses. Charlotte Douglas is also a major contributor to the region's economy, CLT contributes $23 billion in annual economic output, $1.1 billion in state/local taxes, 132,330 jobs for N.C. residents and $5.7 billion in personal income according to a report conducted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Aviation.

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Aerial of Charlotte Douglas International Airport during the day

Quick Facts

Served more than 46 million customers in 2018, the most in Airport history

Is the 6th busiest airport in U.S. operations and 10th in U.S. passengers

Averages 700 flights each day to more than 175 destinations worldwide

Contributes more than $23 billion annually to the region's economy

Houses Norfolk Southern's 200-acre regional intermodal faci​lity that is expected to generate $7.6 billion in economic impact throughout the next 20 years

The Destination CLT development program is underway and includes various expansion projects to accommodate current and future passenger growth

Serves more than 2.3 million in a 10-county area of North and South Carolina