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CLT main terminal and Concourses

Charlotte Douglas international airport is composed of one Main Terminal and five Concourses: A (15 gates), B (9 gates), C (12 gates), D (6 gates for international flights), E (29 gates). All five concourses at Charlotte Douglas International Airport are connected to the central terminal building, which houses ticketing, security, and baggage claim.

Connection within the airport grounds

Between the Main Terminal and Concourses

Walking. Charlotte Douglas is a fully connected airport, with all concourses accessible from the main terminal and from each other. Unlike some airports, there are no trains or electronic people movers between concourses. Travelers must walk to move between concourses. Fortunately, the layout is designed to be pedestrian-friendly, and it's possible to walk between the two furthest gates within 15 minutes. For passengers with mobility issues, wheelchair assistance is available by contacting your airline.

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Between Parking lots and Concourses

Shuttles. Transportation between Parking garages and Concourses can be served by a 24/7 shuttle service. Travelers can catch a shuttle at various parking shelters in Long Term Lots 1 and 2. Shuttle service is also available at the shelter between the Daily Decks and from the Express Deck Preferred. Upon returning, all shuttle buses can be found on the inner lanes outside the terminal’s lower level (Arrivals/Baggage Claim).

Main Terminal

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The main terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the central hub of the airport and consists of three levels:

  • Level 1: Baggage claim, with tunnel access to the car rental center and the adjacent hourly parking deck.
  • Level 2: Check-in and ticketing, featuring five security checkpoints leading to the departure concourses.
  • Level 3: Mezzanine level, housing a USO lounge, chapel, and nursing room.

Concourse A

Concourse A at Charlotte Douglas International Airport features a total of 15 gates, divided into two areas:

Gates A1 to A13: These gates are closest to the main terminal.

Gates A21 to A29: These gates are located further north and are accessible via a connector with moving walkways. Security Checkpoint A, located on the west side of the terminal, is the closest checkpoint to Concourse A. Passengers will find a good selection of shops and restaurants in both the north and south concourses, as well as in the connector area.

Concourse B

Concourse B is situated in the southwest area of Charlotte Douglas International Airport and features 9 gates, numbered between B1 and B11. This concourse includes an American Airlines Admirals Lounge, along with a variety of shops and restaurants.

Security Checkpoints A and B are the closest to Concourse B. To reach Concourse A, exit Concourse B and turn left. To access the other concourses, exit Concourse B and turn right.

Concourse C

Concourse C at Charlotte Douglas International Airport has 12 gates, numbered between C2 and C15, and is located in the southeast area of the airport. Just outside Concourse C is a large American Airlines Admirals Club, situated in the connector between gates D and E.

The closest security checkpoint to Concourse C is Checkpoint C. Concourse C features several shops and restaurants and serves flights operated exclusively by American Airlines. To reach gates D and E, turn right when exiting Concourse C. To reach gates A and B, turn left.

Concourse D

Concourse D is located on the east side of Charlotte Douglas International Airport and serves as the main concourse for international flights. It has 6 gates numbered betweeb D1 and D12.

The closest security checkpoints are D and E, situated on the east side of the terminal. To reach Concourse E, turn right upon exiting Concourse D. To access the other concourses, continue straight along the moving walkways.

Concourse D offers several shops and restaurants, with additional options available in the D/E connector. Additionally, an American Express Centurion Lounge is located in the D/E connector on the mezzanine level.

Concourse E

Concourse E consists of 29 gates numbered from E1 to and E45 and is situated on the east side of the airport.

To access Concourse E, passengers need to take the escalator or elevator down to level 1 from the connector where there are moving walkways. To reach Concourse D, take a left out of Concourse E, or to reach the other concourses take a right and walk along the connector.

Customs and TSA

Security Checkpoint A - from 3:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Security Checkpoint B - from 4:00 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.
Security Checkpoint C - from 3:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Security Checkpoint D - from 5:00 a.m. to 10:05 p.m.
Security Checkpoint E - from 4:15 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Security Checkpoint Hours are subject to change.

For further information about security screening, questions or updates, please contact the TSA at 1.866.289.9673, e-mail [email protected] or visit the TSA official website

TSA PreCheck

(CLT) offers two dedicated TSA PreCheck lanes: one at Checkpoint B and another at Checkpoint D. Approved travelers can use these lanes for expedited security screening.

A TSA PreCheck Enrollment Center is available in the atrium after security. Applicants can visit this center for their enrollment interview. Once approved and issued a Known Traveler Number, you can utilize TSA PreCheck lanes at any U.S. airport.

Global Entry

CLT participates in the Global Entry program, which offers expedited international clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers.

Conditionally approved applicants must attend an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center to complete their application. CLT’s Enrollment Center is located in the baggage claim area of the main terminal and operates Monday through Friday, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Additionally, the airport offers Enrollment on Arrival at the Concourse D Federal Inspection Area.