Charlotte Douglas International Airport officials are expecting a busy holiday travel season in December as they aim this year to beat a pre-pandemic annual traffic record of 50 million passengers set in 2019. That’s after the airport saw more than 2 million passengers in November, a record boosted by the Thanksgiving travel period.
So what does the fourth-quarter picture look like at Charlotte Douglas?
Although CLT’s number of flights in the fourth quarter is down 6.2% compared to the same period in 2021, its seat count is up 6.1%, according to Dec. 16 data from Cirium, a company that tracks the airline industry. There were 56,652 originating flights at CLT in Q4 — down from 60,370 last year. Seats jumped to about 7.4 million — up from nearly 7 million.
CLT’s route to Orlando International Airport in Florida clocked in as its busiest in the fourth quarter, looking at both flight and seat count. There were 1,357 flights, representing 254,262 seats, scheduled from CLT to Orlando — up nearly 28% and 33%, respectively, from last year’s fourth quarter.
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