Charlotte Douglas sees passengers returning in June, but traffic remains well below normal

Charlotte Douglas sees passengers returning in June, but traffic remains well below normal
(MELISSA KEY/CBJ)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Passenger traffic at Charlotte Douglas International Airport picked up in June during a not-so-normal summer travel season.

Airport officials counted about 1.57 million people traveling through CLT last month, according to the monthly report on airline and cargo activity released on Wednesday. That’s better than the 1 million or so passengers recorded in the previous month and soars above the 340,265 travelers in April — the first full month of the pandemic.

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But, when compared to the same month a year ago, passenger traffic has been more than cut in half at CLT. In June 2019, about 4.3 million people passed through the Charlotte airport.

Charlotte Douglas served nearly 13.4 million passengers through the first half of the year — down 45.7% from 24.6 million during the same six-month span in 2019.

Charlotte Douglas set a record in 2019 for passenger traffic with 50.2 million travelers flying through the airport. That was up 8.2% from 2018 and marked a third straight record-setting year — a streak that was expected to continue until the pandemic hit.

Read more here about the airport’s latest traffic figures.

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