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  1. Sun Country Airlines will be starting flights to CLT in April 2023. Twice weekly to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Flights will presumably be Summer/Fall seasonal. More details will come later on Tuesday No official news release yet but the source is very reliable. https://ishrionaviation.com/news/sun-country-major-route-expansion
  2. Spirit adding 2 more routes on 4/12/23! Dallas/Ft Worth and Nashville. This will put them up to 9 daily flights. (2 flights to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale) https://amp.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article268513397.html
  3. DEN was daily year round during the pandemic. It is coming back on November 12th Saturday only and then switches to Sunday only through the end of the bookable schedule (July 10th). It's certainly not winter seasonal. I imagine it goes back to daily within the next year or so.
  4. Per the Southwest schedule extension today. Charlotte to Houston-Hobby will resume on April 9th, 2023. Sundays only. Unfortunately, no other changes to report from the previous extension. Southwest has been very slow at rebuilding to pre-pandemic levels, but this makes the return of all of our pre-pandemic destinations plus Denver and St Louis.
  5. Posted by the CLT airport Twitter
  6. Work on the new canopy will begin on Tuesday 9/27. The upper level roadway will be shut down on 9/27 and re-open on 10/12. The canopy project itself will take 2 years to complete. https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article266144396.html In other news. Another local restaurant chain will be opening a location in the airport. Local BBQ chain "Midwood Smokehouse" has acquired space for an airport location. No specifics yet, but the most likely space based off of what is available appears to be in Concourse A across from Rhino Market and Deli. https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/midwood-smokehouse-set-land-charlotte-douglas-international-airport/IZ5WO3TR6FFQFO3TZN2TKZXG3M/
  7. Speaking of LaGuardia. Spirit will be starting CLT-LGA once daily on November 1st. Now bookable on the Spirit website! Another great ULCC add and follows up Spirit's add of Miami. This will bring them up to 7 daily flights in November.
  8. Spirit quietly added a new route over the weekend. CLT-Miami starting on Monday November, 7th. Right now its only in the schedule for November, but I'm sure that is subject to change. That will put them at up to 6 daily in November in CLT (2x Orlando, 2x Fort Lauderdale, 1x, Las Vegas *not operating Wednesday and Thursday*, and 1x Miami)
  9. A good article with additional info on the Bank of London announcement . Including a great quote from the founder and chief executive in regards to Charlotte. ”Without doubt Charlotte has some of the best bank technology and business talent that the U.S. — and the world — has to offer. I should know,” said Anthony Watson, Group Chief Executive & Founder of The Bank of London. “I spent some of the happiest years of my working life in Charlotte when employed by Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo). I’m beyond delighted to once again work in the Queen City as we transform banking for the betterment of all.” https://businessfacilities.com/2022/08/the-bank-of-london-to-create-350-jobs-in-north-carolina/amp/
  10. New Zealand Apparel company AS Colour has signed a lease for a distribution center in Charlotte. It will be their largest distribution center to date and will serve the entire east coast. It will also function as an East Coast “base of operations”. https://www.charlottestories.com/global-clothing-brand-building-their-largest-distribution-center-in-charlotte/
  11. According to this article it is an homage to Charlotte’s gold mining history. Very cool!! https://charlotte.axios.com/303474/6-things-to-know-about-charlotte-airports-latest-expansion/
  12. More pics of the terminal lobby expansion from the Biz journal article. You get more of a perspective of just how much space it's adding. https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2022/07/21/charlotte-douglas-airport-transportation-travel.html
  13. More info on the Terminal Lobby Expansion. https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article263623608.html On the security lanes: "Five existing security and ticketing checkpoints will be consolidated into three, Christine said. When renovations are complete, Checkpoints A and B will become Checkpoint 1, Checkpoints C and D will become Checkpoint 2 and Checkpoint E will become Checkpoint 3. “We’ve made sure that we haven’t lost any checkpoint capacity as we construct the project,” Christine said. “In Checkpoint E ... we took out the standard lanes you would typically see and installed automatic screening lanes, which increases capacity by lane by about 20 to 30% and increased our overall capacity.” The new checkpoints will open by next year, Christine said." On the courtyard area: (trees are still very much in the plans!) "The Queen Charlotte statue is the focal point of a lounging area called “the queen’s courtyard,” Christine said. Floor-to-ceiling windows and an oculus above Queen Charlotte allow more natural light to enter the new lobby. The courtyard will also hold rocking chairs, tree planters, restaurants and charging stations." On the baggage claim area: "The airport’s nine existing baggage claim carousels will be replaced with eight new ones, Christine said. Although there will be fewer total, the new carousels will have more space for passengers to retrieve their bags." On the Canopy and Skywalks: "A skybridge from the terminal lobby to upper parking decks is expected to start construction late September, Christine said. A canopy covering the eight-lane road in front of the terminal will start construction simultaneously." The art fixtures will have lights. The artwork will stretch the entire underground walkway and the walls will have artwork as well.
  14. Agreed, In the renderings it looks like a water feature with the pedestal. If that was the case. Given that they are trying to preserve the statue, having water in close proximity would seem counter-intuitive. Having said that, it would be nice to have a water feature in the airport. I recently went through the new terminal at New York LaGuardia, and the water feature in the food court area was very impressive and a nice touch.
  15. RDUs terminal 2 may indeed feel more "homey" with the wood beams and architectural details, but I think that CLTs expansion will fit better with the existing terminal than something more akin to RDU would. CLT will definitely feel more "sterile" than RDU but it will have a continuous theme architecturally throughout once the E and D renovations are done. Contrary to an airport like Baltimore (BWI), who recently underwent a similar terminal lobby expansion project, but now the terminal lobby is nice and open while many of the concourses (C and D in particular) feel like a different airport entirely. Also, in reference to the post above. Given Charlotte's history, if the pedestal for the Queen Charlotte statue and the trees are the only thing value engineered out of this project. I would consider it a major win. I was afraid the canopy would be value-engineered into oblivion, but fortunately that doesn't seem to be the case.
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