Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC, is an American Airlines hub and the sixth-busiest airport in the United States. Eleven airlines serve 275 cities around the globe with nonstop flights among more than 700 departures and landings each day at Charlotte Douglas International. The Charlotte airport received the prestigious Eagle Award in 2010 from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for "Best Airport.” The award recognized CLT for its quality service and economical value to airline customers.
The Charlotte Air Cargo Center consists of approximately 570,000 square feet of facilities and more than 50 acres of aircraft ramp space adjacent to CLT's four runways. A Foreign Trade Zone and interstate highways are immediately accessible just outside the gates. Wilson Air Center Fixed-Base Operation (FBO) is Charlotte's corporate and general aviation center, offering full ground support services, as well as heated storage, T-hangars, SunPorts and tie-downs. Wilson Air Center - CLT was named Professional Pilot Magazine's No. 1 Best Small U.S. FBO for three consecutive years.
Business and leisure travelers at the Charlotte airport can relax in some 50 restaurants and 35 shops along the concourse, and count on free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal, as well as recently added charging stations and increased currency exchange hours. The Charlotte Douglas International public art program has brought more than 20 artworks and exhibits originating from a variety of sources to the airport to enhance the passenger experience while promoting the City of Charlotte and the surrounding region.
If you're staying in the Charlotte metro area of North or South Carolina, CLT gets you on your way easily with a rental car facility housing 3,000 rental cars, plus hotel / motel courtesy vehicles, taxis and ride-share services, and the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) bus and light rail services.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport also provides easy access to more than 60 hotels within 5 miles of the airport. The metropolitan Charlotte area of over 2.4 million people is a center of business and professional sports, with the corporate headquarters of Bank of America, the East Coast operations of Wells Fargo, offices of Hearst Corporation and Duke Energy, the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA, Charlotte Motor Speedway and the NASCAR Hall of Fame making their homes here.
Indeed, Charlotte, "the Queen City,” has got a lot to do. Attractions range from theme parks, like Carowinds, a roller coaster lover's paradise, and the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where Olympians train and compete in trials, to renowned art museums, like The Mint and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Uptown Charlotte, just 5 miles from Charlotte Douglas International, is the heart of the city's arts and culture scene. The Uptown grid is easily and enjoyably walkable for taking in museums, public art, musical performances, theatrical productions and diverse and delicious cuisine at award-winning restaurants and cafes.
Charlotte also boasts a growing number of craft beer breweries; distilleries, including North Carolina's oldest rum distillery; and wine bars and wineries offering tours and tastings for a delightful afternoon or a day trip into the beautiful Carolina Piedmont countryside.
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