Charlotte, North Carolina, is an important city for American Airlines. Recently, American has continued to grow out of the airport. Now, the carrier has reached a milestone of 700 daily scheduled departures from Charlotte International Airport.
American acquires more gates in Charlotte
This latest expansion on American’s part is a result of the carrier leasing four new gates at Concourse A of Charlotte. These new gates helped the airline add additional flights per day that took its daily departures to 700.
With the addition of these four new gates, American now uses 93 gates of the 114 available at the airport. Alongside this, American Airlines has also invested in the airport space with new break areas for American employees and amenities.
American’s presence in Charlotte
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is American’s second-largest hub. The largest hub title goes to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
Nevertheless, the carrier serves 149 destinations from Charlotte. Brian Znotins, American’s Vice President of Network Planning, had the following to say on this new milestone:
With the addition of these new gates, we were able to add frequencies on popular routes and we now operate nearly 80 flights per day to Florida, 30 flights per day to the New York metro area and 25 flights per day to D.C. metro area
In terms of flights per day, American Airlines confirmed to Simple Flying that roughly 54% of flights in Charlotte are regional destinations served through American Eagle partnerships while roughly 45% are mainline American flights. In terms of daily departures, this equates to about 380 daily departures on American Eagle with another 320 on mainline flights.
At the same time, Charlotte’s largest airline also invests in the community. American employees have previously worked to collect school supplies and backpacks for students in need as well as providing back to school physicals. In addition, other projects include refreshing grounds and murals at a domestic violence shelter, donating bicycles to families affected by domestic violence, running resume workshops for members of the community, and mentoring elementary students on their reading skills.
What this means for passengers
Due to Charlotte’s status as a hub, a large number of American passengers find themselves connecting through Charlotte en route to their final destination. This includes destinations across the United States, Europe, and to the Caribbean.
More flights equate to more options for passengers. Whether it’s more variety in departure times or more variety in aircraft type, American is working to offer more flexibility for passengers to book connections through its large hubs.
American’s history at CLT
American inherited this hub as part of a merger with US Airways. However, after the merger, Charlotte remained an important hub. The airport remains a focus center for growth. While American has not announced major transatlantic expansion– saving that for its other hub in Philadelphia– Charlotte is also well connected to Europe. Destinations include Frankfurt, London-Heathrow, Madrid, and Munich among others.
American has reached a new milestone with 700 daily flights out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The airport is an especially important hub for domestic connections. American will likely continue to grow– especially as the airline takes delivery of new aircraft and is better able to expand.
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