Thanksgiving Rush: Wednesday one of the busiest travel days of the year

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FOX 46 Charlotte 

Holiday travel is underway and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport says flights will be near capacity.

Industry experts are predicting a 7 percent increase overall in passenger traffic nationwide. The busiest travel days this week are Tuesday and Wednesday and the Sunday and Monday after Thanksgiving.

The airport is expecting approximately 30,000 originating passengers each of those days. That compares to CLT’s daily local passenger average of 23,000. Add to that number, an additional 100,000 connecting passengers who are served daily.

To ensure a smooth traveling experience, CLT airport says passengers should plan ahead, be prepared and arrive early. Be aware, roadways around the airport will be congested.

To accommodate the high passenger volumes this Thanksgiving, CLT airport says they are adding more personnel to airport shuttle bus and parking operations, increasing airport staff in ticketing, and stationing additional traffic officers on the upper and lower levels of ticketing and baggage claim. 

Parking in High Demand: 

Parking will be in high demand Tuesday, November 20 – Sunday, November 25 and available on a first come, first served basis. Long Term parking typically reaches capacity first. Be sure to visit to view CLT’s real-time parking map or call 704.359.5555 to hear the latest parking conditions.

For just $14 a day, the Business Valet Deck provides designated shuttles to and from the terminal’s upper level curbside. Valet attendants park vehicles and provide complimentary luggage assistance. Various auto services are offered for additional expenses.

Drivers are encouraged to use the Hourly Deck for picking up and dropping off passengers. It’s steps from the terminal, helps alleviate traffic on the curbside and the first hour is free. It includes 9 electrical vehicle charging stations for 18 vehicles. Those are located on levels 4, 5 and 6.

Using the Cell Phone Lot: 

CLT visitors can take advantage of the free Cell Phone Lot adjacent to Long Term Lot 1. Drivers may enter the lot off Josh Birmingham Parkway. The 150-space lot has one center aisle, making it easy to enter and exit.

The location allows drivers direct access to the terminal via Josh Birmingham Parkway. Airport staff will be on hand for additional assistance during the holidays.