More construction on the way
In addition to the new Concourse A North gates, here’s a look at what travelers at Charlotte Douglas will see in the coming years, and the cost.
●New terminal roadway ($50 million): The road in front of the terminal is being expanded from three lanes each for arrivals and departures to eight. The new roadway, which will separate commercial and passenger vehicle traffic, will open in early 2019.
Terminal lobby expansion ● and renovation ($247 million): Once the new roadway is open, the old lanes can be torn down, allowing the terminal to be expanded and create more space for the increasing number of passengers. Design work is complete, and construction is expected to take about 3 1/2 years.
Fourth parallel runway
($422 million): A 12,000-foot runway, the airport’s longest, will run parallel to Charlotte’s three north-south runways, providing more capacity for planes, including long-haul flights. The runway could open in 2022, pending FAA approval.
●New control tower ($112 million): The 367-foot tower rising over Charlotte Douglas is more than twice as tall as the current tower and will provide space for more air traffic controllers. It’s scheduled to open in May 2020.
Additional gates ($1.2
● billion): After Concourse A North opens, plans call for adding up to 38 gates attached to Concourses A, B and C. Construction could run through 2026, in multiple phases.