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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Delta brought the brand new A220 on proving runs yesterday! It looks like we will be seeing these at CLT sooner rather than later! Also, unrelated. Has anyone heard of any updates on the Smash Burger coming to A Concourse North? I've read they have been closing various locations around the country, I wonder if they are re-thinking the CLT airport location?
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    I don't ever see United adding a club in Charlotte, but I could see Delta adding one whenever the phase 2 or phase 3 of the concourse A North Expansion is completed. With currently 34 flights a day, I think CLT could warrant a Delta Sky Club. Similarly sized stations in BNA and MSY both have one.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Finally! This has seemed like a logical year round extension since the AA/US merger. With a hub on both ends, I don't see why CLT wouldn't be able to support MAD in the winter. I also wonder if we will see Paris year round again in the future. Given the somewhat more touristic nature of the market though, I could see why they wouldn't.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    The completion date of Spring 2020 sounds rather optimistic for the C renovations, especially given the given the time it is taking to renovate B and C is arguably the busier of the two concourses.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    http://www.cltairport.com/News/Pages/CharlotteDouglasInternationalAirportBeginsConcourseCRenovationsJanuary14.aspx Concourse C renovations begin Monday! Scheduled completion of Spring 2020. Concourse B renovations should be complete by this Spring. Concourse A renovations are on schedule for completion in early 2020.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    The timing would makes sense for Jackson Hole or a variety of other Western Ski destinations. Perhaps Gunnison/Crested Butte, Hayden/Steamboat Springs, Bozeman, etc... It would also fit with the latest trend of Saturday Only service adds. Internationally the timing would suggest Caribbean, Latin America, or perhaps a return to South America?
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Very interesting! Do you have a link? On the domestic front. I think Wichita, KS (ICT) is a huge Midwestern hole. I could also see them continue the trend of college towns with SCE ( State College, PA) etc...
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    The Observer Articles? I'm pretty sure they are referring to the ones already announced. Traverse City, MI and Santo Domingo, DR begin on June 8th Saturday only. TVC Seasonal. SDQ Year round. Erie, PA begins on May 3rd. 2x daily ERJ's. Year round Munich, Germany begins on March 29th. Daily year round service on an A330-200.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    I just ran the stats today. As of next Summer here is the TATL usage for A330's (200/300) A332's PHL: Year Round- DUB, MAD, CDG, ( MAN is currently on A332 but it will be on a 763 next summer). Summer Seasonal - BCN, VCE, PRG CLT: Year Round- FRA, MUC Summer Seasonal BCN, DUB, MAD, CDG Usage 12/15 This winter AA is running 2x daily A330's on PHL- SFO/CLT/MCO and 1x daily on PHL- LAX to make up for some of the winter slack. CLT-PUJ right now also sees an A332 in the winter, but it is our only wide body Caribbean flight this year. Lately AA has been running 1 daily PHL- LAX/SFO in the summer as well that would account for some of the slack. There could be room to grow though. I could see CLT-MAD going year round. I could also see the return of CLT-GRU (Sao Paulo, Brazil) which would use 2 and be year round. A333's PHL: Year Round- LHR x2, FCO Summer Seasonal- ATH CLT: Year Round- LHR x2 Summer Seasonal- FCO Usage 7/9 A fair amount of slack here especially given they are nearing the end of their lifespan( retired by 2023?) Currently, in the winter one is used on CLT-PHX-HNL. I could also see them replacing some of the aforementioned domestic routes or PUJ if they wanted to use the A332's for more long haul flights. CLT should be able to support a 3rd daily LHR in the summer. With current availability it could be done on an A333, or more hopefully through BA on a 777 and they could take over one of the two daily LHR's in the winter.
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    New Hotels in/around Uptown

    It still baffles me that we don't have a full service Hyatt in CLT yet. I feel when/if the 1000 room convention hotel is finalized that it will be either the Hyatt or Hyatt Regency brand.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    I don't have official numbers, but I regular look at seat maps to get an idea. Loads up to this point have been solid, but they appear to start dropping off starting next Thursday. Coincidentally, AA starts their daily seasonal service on January 6th, but it's hard to tell how much impact this is having or if It is mostly connecting traffic using the flight. A majority of the seats aren't selected until the passenger checks in, so it's hard to tell exactly how good or bad the flight sold until the day of the flight.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    I was looking through the forecast numbers for passenger traffic. It seems there forecasted passenger enplanement numbers were off by several million in the wrong way, especially international which were off by several hundred thousand. The forecasts were done right before/right after the AA/US acquisition/merger was announced though so the timing was somewhat bad. The general consensus is that forecasts are always wrong, but I wonder how this has effected the plans. Especially regarding FIS/International gate expansion which they were already being very cost conscientious on if you read into it. All in all though a very interesting read. Also. Here is a view of the progress on the A renovations. I'm not sure when this photo was taken though so it's hard to judge how far a long it is. It appears they may be shuffling gate locations, but it's hard to tell from the photo.
  13. I'm surprised to hear that Indianapolis only has 4,700 downtown hotel rooms to our 5,281. Given that they have a Marriott, JW Marriott, Westin, Hyatt Regency, Omni Hotel, Hilton, Conrad by Hilton, Sheraton, and Crowne Plaza plus many more all downtown. Not only did they host the Superbowl, but they host Final Fours every 5 years or so. Having said that our 6,739 will not be too shabby at all! Also over the Holidays I had lunch at a restaurant across the street from the Grand Bohemian site. The street presence of it is going to be incredible! The drive down Church Street is becoming fairly impressive as well. With all of the recent growth it is starting to feel more like a narrower Trade and Tryon minus retail.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Once renovations are complete. A, B, C, and the old portion of D should all look the same. The A North expansion will continue to be by far the nicest portion of the airport, and the "new part of D. and E will still have the "old style layout. If you notice though, they are making more of a effort to widen "old" A it seems. Helped by the fact part of A isn't in use. The renovations are being done "on the cheap" almost certainly at the request of AA. Simply put from a business perspective, CLT uses the "Wal-Mart" business model of serving high volumes of low yielding passengers. Therefore, like it or not, renovations will be done on the cheap. I don't have a source, but I do think even AA has been disappointed in the quality of the B renovations so far. To put it into perspective CLT is spending a combined $70 million renovating 60 gates at CLT, but AA"s terminal renovation at LAX with around 28 gates and only servicing 16 million passenger is being renovated for $1.6 billion. AA is concerned more about functionality than aesthetics at CLT. Yes, the concourses are narrow, but they are still functional and that is all that matters. If AA has it their way, I imagine they will never fly out of any part of the A North Expansion. Instead taking the second hand "old" A gates, and forcing the other airlines to use the A North Expansion gates which almost certainly require the airlines using them to pay higher fees. There are plans to extend both concourses B and C, but I imagine they will be done to match the existing concourses B and C, not the concourse A North expansion. This logic would seem to contradict my theory of a midfield express terminal though, but I think AA might approve of it if it allows for an eventually expansion of concourse D. International gates are currently at a premium. It should be fine for the near future, but they may need to add more gates eventually. I"m excited for the expansion of the main terminal/roadway canopy though. As long as it is not extensively value engineered, it will go a long way toward making at least the entrance of the airport feel world class.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    CLT actually currently uses this same set up on a another portion of E (Gate 36,-38). This is also the area where they will soon be expanding. It seems like the majority of the time that I've flown into E lately it's been one of those gates. It is somewhat reminiscent of concourse C at CVG. The new E expansion will not be added gates but creation of more gate space for existing. As is there is a shortage of seats. The lack of consistency with this latest renovation is due to the fact that E will not be getting renovated. Per the CLT Airport Website. Only A, B, C, D and the Atrium will be getting renovated. E is relatively new compared to the other concourses. I also think it eludes to the fact that they may be building a midfield express terminal eventually. Perhaps they don't want to put too much into renovations? http://www.cltairport.com/News/Pages/DestinationCLTProjects.aspx