Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in the US has opened the first phase of its Concourse A expansion for passengers, which is expected to boost the airport’s gate capacity by 10%.

The expansion was designed by C Design and Perkins+Will and constructed by Turner Rodgers.

The project has created 229,807ft² of new space at CLT. The addition features nine gates, which will be used by various airlines such as JetBlue Airlines, Southwest Airlines, City Gates–Frontier & Air Canada Airlines, and United Airlines.

The expanded area features 733 electrochromic window panes, which will control climate and light by automatically tinting based on the amount of sunlight.

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“The second and third phases of the expansion project are expected to add up to 16 more gates to Concourse A by 2023.”

There have been 957 chairs installed in the gate seating areas, with each chair equipped with two USB ports and a power plug.

Other facilities include a room for nursing mothers and a pet relief area.

The project is the first one completed under the $2.5bn Destination CLT initiative, which aims to overhaul concourses and expand the airport’s roadways, curb front and airfield, as well as the terminal.

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At present, the airport has 97 gates with a capacity to house 102 aircraft. The second and third phases of the expansion project are expected to add up to 16 more gates to Concourse A by 2023.

Plans are also set to expand Concourses B, C and E to build a total of 126 gates by 2025.

Meanwhile, modernisation of Concourse B is expected to be completed next year while the revamp of Concourses C, D and E is scheduled to start next year.

The entire project will entail an investment of around $200m. It will be funded by the airport’s per passenger facility charge and future general airport revenue bonds.