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Charlotte Douglas expansion expected to last more than 5 years, cause travel headaches

Travelers will be forced to use different parts of the airport they're not used to, including new entrances and temporary pedestrian bridges.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Douglas International Airport will soon break ground on a $600 million expansion and renovation of its terminal lobby.

The lobby will extend over the old curbside dropoff and pickup road into the new road.

The project is expected to last more than five years because the airport has to complete construction while remaining open for passengers.

As construction continues, families will be forced to use different parts of the airport they're not used to, including new entrances and temporary pedestrian bridges.

Chief Operating Officer Jack Christine said his team plans to make construction as smooth as possible through frequent communication.

"So that the customers understand what we're doing, why we're doing it, when we're doing it, and how that's going to impact their ability to move through the building," he said.


The city council is expected to formally approve the project at their next meeting on October 28 with a groundbreaking set for December 2019. 

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