Charlotte Douglas International Airport in the US is planning to embark on a 20-year expansion plan to boost capacity for handling increasing passenger traffic.
The latest plan envisions 71 new gates, a fourth parallel runway to pace air traffic, expanded and refurbished concourses, and renovations to the main terminal and entrance.
The programme, to be executed over next eight to ten years, involves broadening entry roads to the upper and lower levels of the main terminal, refurbishing the terminal to feature ticketing and other areas, and the construction of pedestrian sky bridges and underground walkways that will connect the terminal with the main parking deck.
According to The Charlotte Observer, the airport expects to have 108 domestic gates and 17 international gates by 2025, bringing the overall gates to 125 from the currently existing 93.
The construction of fourth parallel runway involves relocation of the already existing West Boulevard.
In addition, the new gates would be added to extended Concourses B and C, in addidion to a new annex north of Concourse A.
Charlotte Douglas Airport also plans to build an additional 8,000ft-long parallel runway, in the following 15 to 20 years.
The airport served 44 million passengers last year, with its international travel increasing by 4% 2.9 million travellers.
Image: Inside the main atrium at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Photo: courtsey of MaverickHunter40245 via Wikipedia.