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About the EIS

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential impacts of Charlotte Douglas International Airport's (CLT) proposal to construct a fourth parallel Runway 1-19 (including end-around taxiways); Concourse B and ramp expansion; Concourse C and ramp expansion; and the Daily North Parking Garage. The CLT EIS will evaluate the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts that may result from the Proposed Project. The FAA expects to complete the EIS in 2020.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT or the Airport) is the 6th busiest airport in the United States. CLT is an important hub, connecting passengers to 134 domestic and 37 international destinations. The FAA forecasts that flights will grow at an average rate of almost 1.85 percent annually, from more than 545,000 flights in 2016 to 745,000 flights in 2033 and from 21.7 million enplanements to 31.5 million enplanements during the same timeframe.

To ensure the Airport continues to meet current and future demand, the City of Charlotte (the Project Sponsor) has plans to implement airport improvements at CLT, proposed for construction by 2028, as recommended in its Airport Capacity Enhancement Plan/Master Plan Update and documented on the CLT Airport Layout Plan (ALP).

The Proposed Action (or Proposed Project) is made up of four primary Project Elements proposed for construction by 2028:

  • Constructing a New Fourth Parallel Runway 1-19 (including End-Around Taxiways)
  • Expanding Concourse B and Ramp.
  • Expanding Concourse C and Ramp.
  • Constructing North Parking Garage.

The Project Sponsor’s preferred location for the new runway would be on the west side of the airfield between existing Runway 18C-36C and Runway 18R-36L. Upon completion of the new runway, CLT would have four parallel north/south runways. Construction of the new runway along with terminal and ramp expansion projects would require the decommissioning of Runway 5-23 and relocation of West Boulevard.

Construction of a new runway to accommodate air carrier aircraft at a commercial service airport is an action that normally requires the preparation of an EIS. The FAA is the lead federal agency preparing the EIS, and will do so in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 United States Code [U.S.C.] §4321 et seq.) and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508). The preparation of the EIS will follow FAA NEPA implementing instructions contained in FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, and FAA Order 5050.4B, NEPA Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions.

In addition to the Proposed Project, the CLT EIS will identify reasonable alternatives, including the No Action Alternative (i.e., if a new runway or other project elements are not built). The CLT EIS will examine 14 environmental impact categories for potential impacts. These include, but are not limited to: noise and noise-compatible land use, air quality, water resources, historic resources, and socioeconomics and environmental justice. The EIS will consider direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts for each environmental impact category.

This website was developed for use by the general public and other interested parties in obtaining information about the EIS process and study. For more information about Environmental Impact Statements and the FAA’s process, go to: http://www.faa.gov/airports/environmental/

The public will have several opportunities to provide input and comments on the Proposed Project during the EIS process. For more information on how to provide comments, see the Public Outreach page of this website.

What are the Roles of the FAA and the City of Charlotte?

The FAA is responsible for complying with NEPA and other environmental laws, regulations, and orders. As part of the process for preparing the EIS, the FAA must consider and disclose the potential impacts of a proposed action and its alternatives on the quality of the human environment.

The City of Charlotte is the Project Sponsor. The Federal Aviation Act of 1958 requires the Project Sponsor to obtain FAA approval to construct the Proposed Project at the Airport.

Where Are We Now?

The FAA is currently conducting public and agency scoping. Scoping is a required component of the EIS process and is conducted in accordance with NEPA; CEQ Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508); Executive Orders; FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures; and other applicable FAA orders, directives, and guidance. Scoping is an open process for determining the range of issues to be addressed in the EIS and identifying potential significant issues related to a proposed action (including environmental concerns) from government agencies, stakeholders, and the public.

Scoping provides an opportunity for the general public, government agencies, and interested groups to learn about the Proposed Project, the purpose of and need for the Proposed Project, and alternatives for implementing the Proposed Project. The scoping process also provides an opportunity for the public to help define the scope of the Draft EIS, the alternatives, and the analyses through suggesting alternative approaches that meet the Proposed Project’s purpose and need and raising concerns and issues.

Two (2) public scoping meetings were held at the following times:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Embassy Suites (main entrance), 4800 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28217

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM
West Mecklenburg High School Cafeteria (entrance at sign for Athletic Fields and Gymnasium), 7400 Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte, NC 28214

The agenda for each meeting was identical. For both meetings, the format included an open-house workshop followed by a public comment session. During the public comment session, members of the public were able to provide up to a 3-minute statement. Oral comments were transcribed by a stenographer. All comments received during the scoping comment session, whether provided in writing or verbally, will be given equal weight and be taken into consideration in the preparation of the EIS. The FAA is opening an additional 45-day public comment period with a new email address (9-ASO-CLTEIS@faa.gov). Please submit/postmark your scoping comments to the FAA by July 9, 2018. Comments may be mailed or emailed to:

Tommy L. Dupree
Assistant Manager
FAA, Memphis Airports District Office
2600 Thousand Oaks Blvd., STE 2250
Memphis, TN 38118-2462
901-322-8180
901-322-8195 (fax)
9-ASO-CLTEIS@faa.gov

PROJECT BACKGROUND

The Project Sponsor, the City of Charlotte, has plans to implement airport improvements at CLT, as recommended in its Airport Capacity Enhancement Plan/Master Plan Update and documented on the CLT ALP. The Proposed Project is made up of four primary Project Elements proposed for construction by 2028:

  1. Fourth Parallel Runway 1-19 and End Around Taxiways: Construction of a 12,000-foot runway between existing Runway 18C-36C and Runway 18R-36L, along with associated taxiways, including a partial north End Around Taxiway, a full south End Around Taxiway, and parallel, high-speed exit and connector taxiways.
  2. Concourse B and Ramp Expansion: Extending Concourse B to the west, creating 10 to 12 additional gates and expanding the ramp to support the Concourse B expansion and additional gates.
  3. Concourse C and Ramp Expansion: Extending Concourse C to the east, creating 10 to 12 additional gates. Ramp expansion associated with Concourse C is needed to facilitate aircraft movement between the east and west airfield outside of the immediate terminal ramp.
  4. Daily North Parking Garage: Constructing a parking garage at the north entrance of the Airport.

The project includes relocating West Boulevard and decommissioning of crosswind Runway 5-23.

» View Map of the Airport's Proposed Projects (Adobe PDF, 0.8MB)

Why is the Proposed Project Needed?

Current airfield, terminal, aircraft gate area, and vehicle parking facilities at CLT have limitations that make it challenging for the airport, which operates as a major airline hub. These limitations result in excessive congestion and delays. Improvement of these areas is proposed to address increasing congestion and delays. The existing runway layout is composed of three (3) parallel runways (Runway 18L-36R, 18R-36L, and 18C-36C) and one (1) crosswind runway (Runway 5-23).

With the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, the existing gates at the Airport are not sufficient to meet demand, resulting in delays due to gate availability. Additional gates are proposed to meet the demand. Also, congestion in the terminal area ramp and departure queuing area occurs during current peak demand periods.

Public Scoping Meetings

The FAA is opening an additional 45-day public comment period with a new email address (9-ASO-CLTEIS@faa.gov). Please submit/postmark your scoping comments to the FAA by July 9, 2018.

The FAA held Public Scoping Meeting #1 and Public Scoping Meeting #2 at the following times and locations. Materials from these meetings are now available »

Public Scoping #1
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Embassy Suites

Public Scoping #2
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM

West Mecklenburg High School Cafeteria

View meeting materials »

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