Charlotte, North Carolina –
The new 9,000 ft. runway at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) has been operational for just 6 months, but the benefits of the 4th runway have already been widespread for operators, the airport, and Wilson Air Center, the airport’s premier fixed base operator.
The runway is the newest of three parallel runways and the airport’s fourth runway in operation, which has increased efficiency and safety for aircraft operating at the airport. CLT can accommodate triple independent landings with their 4-runway layout, an ability that only a few airports in the country have.
Prior to the opening of the new runway, tower officials previously recorded between 20 and 40 departure delays. With the additional runway, departure delays are now a rare occurrence. CLT administrators estimate that this will save $65 million in annual delay avoidance costs.
Operators are also taking notice of the new runway and opting to use CLT, where they may have chosen an alternative field before. Tower officials have recorded an increase in arrivals from a peak of 70 per hour prior to the new runway to 96 per hour.
“The new runway has been a real boost for private and GA operators that might have been tempted to use an outlying field because of previous traffic concerns,” said Dave Ivey, Vice President, Wilson Air Center. “Access to premier FBO services, right in the heart of Charlotte’s business and metropolitan area has become much easier. Our customers love it,” he continued.
Wilson Air reinvented the corporate aviation support industry by blending a heritage rich in hospitality management and a long-standing passion for aviation. They offer corporate services, maintenance, charter, aircraft sales, military handling, airline handling, freight handling, and aircraft management.
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