know before you go: Charlotte (CLT)


Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is a major hub for American Airlines, so if you’re trying to get from the West Coast to anywhere in the South/East, chances are, you’ve had a stop here.  It’s actually a fairly large, aesthetically pleasing airport (trees line atriums where there’s plentiful seating on rocking chairs, all that’s missing is a sweet tea) with one of the only observation decks in the US to watch planes come and go.

A split commercial and military airport, the public side is split into 5 concourses: A-E with about 100 gates total.

A is used for Air Canada, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest and United.  B, C, and E are used by American and American Eagle, and D is International flights.

The dining options in this airport are some of the best fast food fare available: Chick-Fil-A, Papa John’s, Bojangles, Starbucks, Wendy’s, Cinnabon, Brioche Doree, some local Carolina grub, too.  There’s decent sit down fare, both local and chain (Phillips Seafood, CPK).  There’s an abundance of riches in the yogurt department too: Pinkberry, Red Mango, and TCBY.

Remember: ✈️ = Charlotte’s Web to ✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️ = “SOME PIG”

Ease of navigating through terminals: ✈️✈️✈️ (it’s a very large sprawl)

Convenience of check in/security lines: ✈️✈️

Dining: ✈️✈️✈️✈️ (for the scale of this airport: a lot of different options from BBQ to sushi to seafood and Mexican; get the extra ✈️ for having more than four options for frozen yogurt/ice cream)

Bathrooms: ✈️✈️

Charging stations/wifi: ✈️✈️✈️  (free wifi available)

Amenities: ✈️✈️ (regular shopping, a few spas, American Admiral’s Club)


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