A Gtmkm98 Airport Guide - Inspired by Other Guides across the Community!
Charlotte - Douglas International Airport is American Airlines’ response to Atlanta Airport, serving a huge chunk of its domestic flights. Formerly a major U.S. Airways hub, American’s merger with the aforementioned airline made a mega-hub of wild proportions. Not only this, but it is also home to the world’s largest regional jet operation.
As this airport is primarily a domestic hub, there are very few international-suited gates, but the gates can hold everything from the mighty A350 to the tiny X-Cub.
With the 3D Treatment, this airport has grown to be a fairly large traffic zone on Infinite Flight; however, very few people actually understand its procedures and importance to the world’s aviation system.
In the north-central part of the airport lies the passenger terminal, shaped somewhat like a spider, its convenient location makes it very receptive to each traffic flow the airport uses.
Domestic flights are serviced at Concourses A-C and E, and international flights are serviced at Concourse D.
You can use this link to find an extremely convenient airport diagram and more:
Airlines at Each Concourse
|Air Canada Express (North End)|
|Contour Airlines (North End)|
|Southwest (North End)|
|Spirit (North End)|
|jetBlue (North End)|
|Southwest (North End)|
|United/United Express (North End)|
|Frontier Airlines (North End)|
|American Airlines (South End)|
|Delta Air Lines (South End)|
|American (International Flights)|
Charlotte - Douglas Airport has four runways, three of which are parallel.
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT - DO NOT USE RUNWAY 5/23 UNLESS IT IS LATE AT NIGHT!!!
Formerly, this runway was the primary landing runway at Charlotte, used frequently with its two other runways. (Hence the old HUSTN arrival and others). However, this is not the case anymore as the third parallel runway has been built. Please only use this runway very late at night for noise abatement (this applies for both takeoffs and landings). At 7502 ft, this is also the shortest runway at the airport, yet another reason not to use it.
On the 5 end, the runway is equipped with Category I ILS and RNAV (GPS) / RNAV (RNP) approaches.
On the 23 end, this runway is equipped with Category I ILS and RNAV (GPS) / RNAV (RNP) approaches.
The easternmost of the three parallel runways (18/36), this runway is primarily used for easterly and southerly departures and landings from the same direction. At only 8677 ft long, this is the second-shortest runway at the airport.
On the 18L end, this runway is equipped with Category I ILS and RNAV (GPS) approaches.
On the 36R end, this runway is equipped with Category III ILS and RNAV (GPS) approaches.
This is the longest runway at the airport, at exactly 10000ft. It is the main westerly/northerly departure runway at the airport, serving relatively few landings.
On the 18C end, this runway is Category III ILS equipped and RNAV (GPS) / RNAV (RNP) equipped.
On the 36C end, this runway is Category III ILS equipped and RNAV (GPS) / RNAV (RNP) equipped.
The westernmost runway at the airport, this is also its newest runway. At 9000ft, this runway serves mainly westerly arrivals.
On the 18R end, this runway is Category III ILS equipped and RNAV (GPS) equipped.
On the 36L end, this runway is Category III ILS equipped and RNAV (GPS) equipped.
Departures (North Flow)
Departures (South Flow)
Note: I am very sorry if taxiway quality and accuracy is terrible, the satellite imagery was not as good as most other airports I have covered.
Like most airports of its size, use of SIDs and STARs is essential at Charlotte - Douglas International Airport. There are SIDs and STARs that serve every direction and need the airport has, and it’s clear it needs them in everyday use.
Here is the general page for all KCLT procedures:
CLT - Charlotte/Douglas International Airport | SkyVector
Atlanta uses ‘Vector SIDs’, meaning you have to use vectors to reach your RNAV track. When Departure is active, please request vectors and use them to get you to your track. If not available, please make your own vector course that is realistic (does not fly over the airport or in the opposite direction of assigned track).
Two runways are always used for departure - Runways 18C/36C and Runway 18L/36R, and which runway you choose is based on your direction.
IMPORTANT: Maintain runway heading until 1260 ft, where you will continue on runway heading 183 for both 18’s, turn onto heading 330 for Runway 36L, and turn onto heading 025 for Runway 36R. This is shown on charts and mentioned in the AAUP, so it is imperative you follow the proper headings.
Use the runways mentioned for each SID below unless it is Night Noise Operations time, for which you will use a straight-out departure from Runway 5/23.
|SID Name||Named After||Serves||Notes|
|BEAVY5||Unknown||Cancun, Savannah, Southwest Florida||Use Runway 18L/36R.|
|ICONS4||Unknown||Miami, Orlando, Havana||Use Runway 18L/36R|
|KWEEN4||Charlotte is known as the Queen City.||Bermuda, Caribbean Islands, San Juan||Use Runway 18L/36R.|
|LILLS2||Unknown||Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, Bermuda (Some Flights)||Use Runway 18L/36R.|
|BARMY4||Unknown||Norfolk, Europe, Richmond||Use Runway 18L/36R.|
|KILNS4||Unknown||New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C.||Use Runway 18L/36R|
|KRITR5||‘Critter’||Boston, Pittsburgh, Toronto||Use Runway 18C/36C.|
|WEAZL4||‘Weasel’||Detroit, Cleveland, Charleston - Yeager||Use Runway 18C/36C.|
|JOJJO4||Unknown||Chicago, Seattle, Cincinnati||NOONN transition is ATC assigned only, do not use. Use Runway 18C/36C.|
|BOBZY4||Unknown||Atlanta, San Francisco, Denver||Use Runway 18C/36C.|
|ESTRR4||Unknown||Los Angeles, Dallas-Ft. Worth, New Orleans||Use Runway 18C/36C.|
|Charlotte Two||The City of Charlotte||All Directions - Radar Vectors||For use only by Turbojet Aircraft requesting at or below 10000ft.|
|Kermit Three||Unknown||All Directions - Radar Vectors||For use only by Turbojet Aircraft requesting at or above 11000ft.|
|Knights Two||The Charlotte Knights||All Directions - Radar Vectors||For use by Turboprop Aircraft only.|
TURBOJETS: After departure, accelerate to 250 kts ASAP. Maintain 8000ft until ATC clearance higher or flight time reaches 10 minutes. Accelerate and maintain 280 kts upon reaching 10000ft, maintain until cleared faster by ATC.
TURBOPROPS: Operate in a manner that will result in the best forward speed and climb rate.
Charlotte primarily uses RNAV STARs with a few non-RNAV STARs mixed in (these are slowly being phased out over time). These STARs form a group of ‘Gates’ of sorts into the airport, with transitions rendering them available for virtually any airport and direction.
Below, you will see a guide of the STARs and where they serve.
|STAR Name||Named After||Serves||Notes|
|STOCR3||Stock Car (Racing)||Miami, Orlando, Jamaica||Select Runway 36L/23 based on flow for Vertical Navigation Planning Purposes.|
|MLLET2||Unknown||Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, Hatteras Island||Do not use unless required for destination, STAR has very little Vertical Navigation Planning Information.|
|CHSLY5||Unknown||Bermuda, New York City, Boston||NUUMN transition ATC Assigned Only. Select Runway 18L/36R based on flow for Vertical Navigation Planning Purposes.|
|PARQR3||Unknown||Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit||WILUM transition ATC Assigned Only. Select Runway 18R/36L based on flow for Vertical Navigation Planning Purposes.|
|FLIPZ3||Carowinds||Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville||Select Runway 18R/36L based on flow for Vertical Navigation Planning Purposes.|
|JONZE2||Charlotte Jones||Dallas, San Diego, Houston||CNTLR transition for use by KATL departures only. Select Runway 18R/36L based on flow for Vertical Navigation Planning Purposes.|
|BANKR2||Charlotte’s Role in the Banking Industry||Tampa, Orlando, Cancun||Select Runway 18R/36L based on flow for Vertical Navigation Planning Purposes.|
|BTSEY 2||North-Northwest Destinations||No Restrictions.|
|LLINN 3||West-Northwest Destinations||VXV transition for Turbojets only, HMV and SOT transitions for Turboprops/Props only.|
|UNARM 6||Southwest Destinations||ATC assigned only for Turbojets.|
|RASLN 3||Southeast Destinations||No Restrictions.|
Use of IAPs
Due to its parallel runway layout, Charlotte’s primary kind of approaches are Visual and ILS. As the runways are spaced out enough, PRM is not required (even on heavy traffic days).
Not too shabby, ey?
|Approach Type||Frequency||How They Are Used|
|Visual||Common||Commonly used due to runway layout, performed via vectors.|
|ILS||Common||Commonly used due to runway layout, performed via vectors.|
|RNAV (GPS)||Uncommon||Just not often used.|
|RNAV (RNP)||Uncommon||Unfortunately, the runway layout and complex airspace of Charlotte does not allow for many RNAV (RNP) approaches to take place.|
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