by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 16, 2018
The first project of the Destination CLT initiative, a nine-gate, $200 million addition to Charlotte Douglas Airport, will open Wednesday morning, July 18, to house United, Southwest, JetBlue, Frontier and Air Canada. The $2.5 billion capital investment program also aims to renovate existing concourses and expand the North Carolina facility's roadways, curb front, airfield and terminal.
 
"This is a state-of-the-art facility," said Brent Cagle, aviation director and CEO for the airport. "We are thrilled with the outcome. It sets the stage for what Charlotte Douglas International Airport has in store once concourse renovations are complete."
 
Among the special features of the new addition are 733 electrochromic window panes, each containing its own web address, that automatically change their tint depending on the weather and the amount of light in the building. A large piece of public art, called Interconnected, is visible from both inside and outside the terminal. Created by California artist Refik Anadol, Interconnected is comprised of three high-definition LED media walls, measuring measuring 2,000 square feet, that display constantly changing dynamic abstract visualizations derived from airport operations data, such as flight arrivals and departures, baggage handling and ground transportation.
 
All 957 chairs in the gate seating areas are equipped with two USB ports and a power plug. The airport's signature rocking chairs also will be available throughout the addition.
 
For shopping and dining, concession choices will include Panera Bread, Smashburger, TripAdvisor, InMotion, Jamba Juice, the Body Shop, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Starbucks and popular local brewery NoDa.
 
"The airport continues to grow at record pace," said Cagle. "Our goal is to remain the airport of choice for the nearly 46 million passengers who fly through Charlotte every year."
 
Renovations will begin on the existing Concourse A in September; upgrades will include new ceiling tiles, carpet in the seating areas, wall panels, seating with integrated power, terrazzo flooring in the center walkway and fresh coats of paint. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines will occupy the gates when completed. Work on Concourse B will finish up in early 2019, and renovations on Concourses C, D and E will begin in 2019.