Travel Trouble: People jumping out of cars, walking a mile to get to CLT Airport

CHARLOTTE (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Tuesday’s traffic combined with holiday travel brought us something you don’t see every day.

People were spotted jumping out of their vehicles and walking about one mile to get to Charlotte Douglas International Airport due to heavy traffic delays in the area.

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Video captured on Tuesday, Nov. 21, shows a woman with her luggage walking quickly in the rain on the side of the road, as countless vehicles remained ‘parked.’

CLT Airport reports holiday traffic will be busiest from the Thursday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 16, through the Monday after, Nov. 27.

Record crowds are expected to take to the air and roads for Thanksgiving

During this 12-day period, CLT Airport says roughly 900,000 local and connecting passengers are forecasted to depart from the airport, an increase of 9% above 2019 and 14% above last year.

Busiest Travel Days in Charlotte

The busiest days will be Sunday, Nov. 26; Monday, Nov. 27; Friday, Nov. 17; Wednesday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 25.

Total annual passenger traffic to date has exceeded record-breaking 2019 by 6%, while local passenger traffic has bested 2019 by 12%, CLT Airport officials said.

Book Parking Ahead of Time at CLT Airport

CLT Airport reports that parking will be in high demand. Passengers are strongly advised to book parking online at and be inside the terminal at least two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight.

Security wait times are expected to reach up to 45 minutes during busy times.

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