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.

“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.

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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.

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.