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Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

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I gotta be honest with y'all....my eyes glazed right over every post in this thread until I had to drop someone off at the airport the other day. Even though I didn’t go in and they aren't done, that place looks leaps & bounds better than it used to.

Guess I got some catch up reading to do now.

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6 hours ago, HighRiseHillbilly said:

I gotta be honest with y'all....my eyes glazed right over every post in this thread until I had to drop someone off at the airport the other day. Even though I didn’t go in and they aren't done, that place looks leaps & bounds better than it used to.

Guess I got some catch up reading to do now.

In five years, you will really be impressed...

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The light pole on the edge of the new elevated drive ......is that part of the revised plans that include the beautiful giant canopy?

 

 

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36 minutes ago, stiluvclt said:

The light pole on the edge of the new elevated drive ......is that part of the revised plans that include the beautiful giant canopy?

 

 

I missed that...good catch!  Doesn't seem big enough but it's the right shape and location.

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2 hours ago, Midwoodian said:

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i see a bridge already on a gate over there.   

 

went to the end of b con. today renovation is coming along down there. looks nice.brighter.

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Here is a flyer inserted into the Business Journal I scanned as a pdf file.  It shows the timetable for the concourse renovations etc.  

The first part is the bottom half of the document sorry scanning error. 

CLTairportflyer.pdf

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Tampa has a very nice airport (ours won't compare even after the renovation).  However, there is something to be said for avoiding two trains to get from your gate to the car rental garage).  And I'm sure ours will be much less expensive (which is our biggest advantage).  Terminals at CLT feel like a war zone right now though...

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16 minutes ago, JBS said:

Tampa has a very nice airport (ours won't compare even after the renovation).  However, there is something to be said for avoiding two trains to get from your gate to the car rental garage).  And I'm sure ours will be much less expensive (which is our biggest advantage).  Terminals at CLT feel like a war zone right now though...

I was curious to why you made such a statement about the caliber of airport TPA is as compared to what CLT will be so I looked up some pics and vids.  TPA funnels flyers to the central terminal building using trams, I'm guessing wheeled, from the concourses.  Sort of like a hub and spoke concept.  Its a novel idea and probably a good idea at the time but you are probably right about the financials.  I'm sure the maintenance cost for the trams and bridges are significant.  The hotel incorporated in to the termianl is nice but CLT can't justify that now.

The pics of the main termial are good.  I think the food/retail options are what put it over the top of CLT.   But I think it is just right for a toursit destination such as Tampa area.  Exterior kind of reminds me of McCarron with the parking garage configuration.  CLT has some catching up to do though.  Tampa is mature city  compared to Charlotte so the infrastructure disparity shows.  Thanks for the info though next time I'm in Tampa I won't be so confused about how TPA looks from Veterans expressway. 

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So this is getting into some infrastructure weeds, but how does the airport handle stormwater requirements with an area of pavement as large as a runway? 

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On 4/16/2018 at 5:26 PM, eastsider said:

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it occurs to me that the canopy thing cannot be installed until the terminal front is built as it appears to attach to the roof of it.  so that its probably  just a light post that will simply exist until then.

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41 minutes ago, KJHburg said:

can't wait to use these ;-)

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23 minutes ago, uptownliving said:

On today's American Airlines 1Q Earnings Call the management repeatedly singled out the CLT hub as one that they will be growing as they gain more gates. So expect more new flight announcements as AA exapnds into Concourse A and in Concourse E.

They mentioned 7 (I think) new gates online in 2019.  Was that the E expansion?  

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59 minutes ago, uptownliving said:

On today's American Airlines 1Q Earnings Call the management repeatedly singled out the CLT hub as one that they will be growing as they gain more gates. So expect more new flight announcements as AA exapnds into Concourse A and in Concourse E.

Sounds like the only thing holding back our move up the total passenger leaders list is capacity (which is pretty cool).

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20 hours ago, teeg said:

They mentioned 7 (I think) new gates online in 2019.  Was that the E expansion?  

i would bet its expanding into A as united, swa, air canada jet blue frontier and spirit move into the new A concourse.  leaving those gates open for AA.

when e construction is complete it seems to me (working up there all the time) that we will have roughly the same number of gates.  just they will have bridges on most of them instead of walking outside.  the signs in E go to 50, by my count we should end up with about 45.

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