Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina has officially completed the 34,000ft2 expansion of Concourse E (Gates E 36-45).
The US$50m construction project adds one gate to the north end of the concourse and relocates nine existing gates to the new space for operational efficiency and to prepare for new jet bridges set to be installed by 2023.
Amenities include a pet relief area, mother’s room, restrooms with touchless fixtures, a family restroom, seats with integrated power, terrazzo flooring in the center walkway to accommodate rolling luggage, LED lighting, and new wayfinding signage.
Adorning the ceiling are 29 suspended blown glass sculptures (comprising 5,000 pieces of blown glass) by Jonathan Michael Davis of Durham. Lights illuminating the sculptures change color every four hours.
Work is also continuing on four new concessions that will open throughout the year including Gameway (gaming stations), Uptown Exchange (news and gifts), Sycamore Brewing (fresh beer) and PDQ (chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches and fresh salads).
The airport is also planning to modernize the existing Concourse E with new carpet, terrazzo flooring in the walkways, LED lighting, seating with integrated power and new wayfinding signage. Renovations are scheduled to begin in late summer and wrap up at the end of 2025.
Concourse E is the airport’s busiest concourse serving more than 400 daily arrivals and departures.