CLT Breaks Passenger Traffic Record in 2012


More than 41 Million Travelers Visited the Airport

Charlotte Douglas passenger traffic reached a record high in 2012 with 41.23 million travelers visiting the Airport last year – the largest in Airport history. It’s a 5.6 percent jump from 2011, which saw 39.04 million passengers. Click here to review the monthly activity and traffic reports from 2012.

Airport officials attribute much of the gain to increased flights by airlines who serve CLT. Delta Air Lines added six flights to LaGuardia Airport. AirTran Airways offered two more flights to Atlanta. US Airways, which operates its largest hub at Charlotte Douglas, began operating two new flights to John F. Kennedy Airport and introduced nonstop service to Salt Lake City; Des Moines, Iowa and Omaha, Neb. from CLT. The airline also added a second daily flight to Frankfurt, Germany.  

International travel at CLT reached an all-time high, climbing from 2.62 million passengers traveling abroad in 2011 to 2.70 million in 2012. 

Aviation Director Jerry Orr said the increased numbers are on par due to the strength of the Charlotte market and US Airways hub. “We occupy a very unique situation in the country,” he said. “When most airports are not gaining passengers, we continue to grow at a substantial rate and add service.” 

As the second largest hub on the east coast, CLT offered nonstop service to 142 destinations and averaged 703 daily departures and landings in 2012 compared to 673 in 2011. The impact created a jump in Airport operations. Last year, CLT oversaw 552,093 landings and departures, a 2.3 percent increase from 2011, which had 539,842 aircraft movements.

CLT continues to be one of the fastest growing airports in the country. Airport Council International’s (ACI) 2011 rankings placed Charlotte Douglas eleventh nationwide in passenger traffic and sixth nationwide in operations. Rankings for 2012 will be released in spring 2013.


CLT Passenger Numbers 2000 – 2012

Year Number of Passengers
2000 23,073,894
2001 23,177,555
2002 23,597,926
2003 23,062,570
2004 25,162,943
2005 28,206,052
2006 29,693,949
2007 33,165,688
2008 34,739,020
2009 34,536,666
2010 38,254,207
2011 39,043,708
2012 41,228,372


Click here to review the monthly activity and traffic reports from 2012.