Charlotte airport sets passenger record during DNC

Charlotte airport sets passenger record during DNC

Charlotte airport sets passenger record during DNC

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by CALEB TROOP / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 3:21 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  -- It's official--Charlotte Douglas International Airport was busier than it has ever been during the Democratic National Convention earlier this month.

On Friday, September 7, 26,000 people departed from the airport, an 80 percent increase in departures compared to last year and an all-time record.  Of those passengers, 16,800 of them left the Queen City via US Airways.

The Transportation Security Administration said it screened 21,276 bags and 29,539 people on the Friday after the DNC, both all-time records at the airport as well.

“It was the airport’s responsibility to be the first impression of the Charlotte region for our visitors, as well as to ‘close the deal’ by providing the last impression,” said Aviation Director Jerry Orr. “I believe we did our job by delivering a positive overall experience for passengers visiting the city.”

US Airways said it experience a 16 percent jump in passengers who ended their flights in Charlotte compared to last year for the entire week of the DNC.  Wilson Air Center, meanwhile, said operations increased 15 percent.

More than 400 volunteers assisted travelers during the DNC.

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