Strategically located near the geographic mid-point of the United States eastern seaboard – but south of weather that often causes delays – Charlotte is the second largest hub (after Dallas/Fort Worth) for American Airlines, which accounts for more than 90% of the airport’s passengers. The airport is about 10 miles west of the city, a drive that takes about 25 minutes in normal traffic.
The airport passenger complex is one terminal building with five concourses extending from it in a somewhat random fashion. Concourse E is especially long, and winding, with 38 gates. The other concourses are shorter with each containing between 13 and 18 gates.
American Airlines flights arrive and depart at gates on the B, C, D and E concourses. With the exception of arriving international flights, connecting passengers can use walkways and moving walkways to reach gates on any concourse without leaving the TSA secure area. All arriving international passengers, except those who pre-cleared U.S. Customs at their departure airport, must leave the TSA secure area after reclaiming their bags and re-clear security before going to their connecting gate.
Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina and the 22nd largest metropolitan area in the U.S., is a modern financial center. It is home to the corporate headquarters of Bank of America and the East Coast operations center for Wells Fargo. Other Fortune 500 companies in the area include Lowe’s, Duke Energy and steel producer Nucor. On the entertainment/sports side, Charlotte is best known for its connection to NASCAR with the Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR Hall of Fame. American Airlines is also a top 10 employer in the area.
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority has information about things to do in Charlotte here.
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