Thousands of DNC visitors exit Charlotte

Thousands of DNC visitors exit Charlotte


by RICHARD DeVAYNE / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on September 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 7:34 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte transportation outlets were busy Friday morning as thousands of delegates, politicians and media members headed out of the Queen City just hours after the Democratic National Convention came to a close.

At Charlotte Douglas International Airport, security checkpoints opened at 3:30 a.m. Friday, an hour earlier than normal.  By 8:25 a.m., rougly 7,400 passengers had passed security checkpoints, which is roughly double the typical traveler amount at the airport.

"The terminal lobby will be at capacity throughout the day, and travelers should prepare accordingly," the airport said in a statement.  "Additional Airport, airline and TSA staff will be in the lobby assisting passengers to make sure they are in the correct lines and ensuring flights are not missed."

US Airways advised customers to arrive at the airport three hours before their schedule domestic flight time, and four hours before international flights.

"This is like any other busy holiday, but the lines have not been long at all," said one airline worker.

Temporary traffic changes were implemented at the airport to help traffic flow.  Personal vehicles were directed to the lower level for drop-off and pick-up, while larger commercial vehicles were directed to the top level for drop-off and pick-up.

Normal routes will be restored on Saturday, the airport said.

Despite the heavy travel traffic, many travelers were in good spirits.

"It's been great, really has. I've really enjoyed myself everything has been very hospitable I must say," said Mala Brooks a delegate from Mississippi.

All in all, passengers said they were pleased with the city and the the airport because of the volunteers who gave their time to make sure visitors had a good time.

Transit center moves

It should be the last day for transportation headaches on the ground, too, with the Democratic National Convention coming to an end.

Thursday was the last day for the temporary transit center at Mint and Third streets in uptown.

"It’s fine. I'm making it where I need to go,” said rider Ron Edwards.

But not all public transportation users were pleased.

“It’s been a little bit frustrating. I haven't really gotten to places on time that I normally get to places on time," said rider Kristen Wolf.