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Airport Expansion Projects Include Fourth Parallel Runway and West Boulevard Relocation

(May 8, 2018) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate potential impacts of Charlotte Douglas Airport's proposal to construct the following by 2028:

  • A Fourth Parallel Runway 1-19 (including end-around taxiways)
  • Expanded Concourses B and C and ramp expansions
  • A daily north parking garage

The Charlotte Douglas Airport is the sixth busiest airport in the United States. It is an important hub connecting passengers to 134 domesstic and 37 international destinations. The FAA forcasts that flights will grow at an average rate of almost 1.85 percent annually.

See the Charlotte Douglas Airport Environmental Impact Statement web site. The maps below are from the Public Scoping Meeting Presentation on April 24 and 26. Also available are the Public Scoping Meeting Informational Boards.

Proposed Project Elements

The expansion of the C Concourse and ramps will displace the current crosswind Runway 5-23 (yellow on the map), which will result in the decommissioning of that runway. All flights that normally use this runway will be redirected to one of the north/south parallel runways (as is the case now while Runway 5-23 currently is closed for taxiway rehabilitation).

The project includes construction of a fourth 12,000-foot runway (orange on the map) to the west of current Runway 18C-36C. The new runway will be long enough for any aircraft currently flying to land and take off fully loaded.

The new runway will result in more and larger airplanes taking off and landing over areas north and south of the airport.

The southern end of the new runway will cross the current West Boulevard, requiring its relocation to the south.


Airport staff are reviewing several corridors for the new West Bioulevard alignment. All of them follow Douglas Drive and will severely impact the Steeleberry Acres neighborhood.

West Boulevard Relocation

An EIS is a detailed written statement that defines the purpose and need for a project, considers a range of reasonable alternatives, analyzes the potential impacts of these, and identifies measures that may mitigate the effects of a proposed project. An EIS also considers a "no action" alternative.


The FAA plans to publish the Draft Environmental Impact Statement in late 2019 and hold a Public Review Period and Public Meetings at that time.

If you have any questions about the EIS, please contact the FAA at

Tommy L. Dupree
Assistant Manager
FAA, Memphis Airports District Office
2600 Thousand Oaks Blvd., STE 2250
Memphis, TN 38118-2462
901.322.8195 fax

Or visit the Charlotte Environmental Impact Statement web site at CLTEIS.com. Interested persons can sign up to receive notifications throughout the EIS process by providing their email address on this web site,

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