Tens of thousands of passengers fly Sunday into Charlotte-Douglas

by: Jeff Smith Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sunday is one of the busiest days of the year for travel, and tens of thousands of passengers flew into Charlotte-Douglas airport after the long holiday weekend.

Around 25,000 people flew out of Charlotte on Sunday, which is more than double what the airport normally handles.

While there were no problems or delays, there was plenty lot of disbelief over the crowds.

"It's very crazy. Very stuffy at the airport. People are everywhere," said Junel Porter after picking up her bags. "Lots of families around, everyone's getting ready for tomorrow work time. So yeah, it was very packed."

Roughly 100,000 people in total walked through Charlotte Douglas' terminals on Sunday, either on their way out or their way in. And the line to pick up arriving passengers was been slow-moving all day long.

"We can see it getting here it's starting to get crazier and crazier. And everybody's warning us it's going to be a packed day," said Alex Gutierrez, as he waited for his bags.

Some passengers arrived hours before their flight, and said they were pleasantly surprised that everything was running smoothly despite the crowds.

"I was expecting to wait in a very long line just to check-in, and hoping I would actually make my flight," said Josh Gorelick, who was able to check-in to his flight to Boston without much delay. "But now I'm not worried at all."