Large crowds expected at Charlotte-Douglas ahead of Memorial Day weekend

- Large crowds are expected this Memorial Day weekend as Charlotte-Douglas International Airport kicks off the summer travel season.

Airlines are predicting high passenger loads, starting on Thursday. Originating passenger numbers are projected to peak Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 with more than 31,000 travelers expected to begin their trip at CLT.

The Airport averages approximately 25,000 -26,000 originating passengers and 100,000 connecting passengers a day.

Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead, utilize the Hourly Deck, which is free for the first hour, for picking up and dropping off passengers and to know their parking options

Charlotte-Douglas will have plenty of parking to accommodate drivers. Long Term Lots will fill first. They ask that travelers please visit to view CLT's real-time parking map.

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