August 10, 2009

Charlotte OKs airport expansion

The Charlotte, N.C., City Council has approved a design contract for a new parking deck, kicking off the airport's expansion plan, officials said.

With that in place, the airport expects the $300 million roadway, terminal and parking lot expansion project will be done in 1015, The Charlotte Observer reported Monday.

Plans call for building half of a new parking deck before demolishing the old one, which will make room for the new one to be completed, the newspaper said.

Despite the recession, the expansion was necessary due to the increased number of passengers who see Charlotte as a destination, rather than a link between connecting flights, said Bob Mann, an independent airline consultant.

The parking issue is really an issue of how rapidly the origin and destination market of Charlotte has grown, he said.