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Charlotte Airport Adding New Overlook Viewing Area

by Matt Falcus

Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina is adding an exciting new viewing area to come and watch the planes.

The Overlook, as it is known, will open in 2024 and will include shaded areas, playgrounds, parking and restrooms.

Most importantly, it will offer fantastic views of aircraft on the runway 18C/36C.

Its position will also make it a great spot for the future fourth parallel runway project.

This location will be the fifth dedicated Overlook at CLT since 1937. The most recent location served the community since 1989 and closed Oct. 3, 2022 for construction of the North End-Around Taxiway and future fourth parallel runway.

A temporary area was installed at the corner of Old Dowd Road and Airport Overlook Drive and will remain in place until the new Overlook opens.

The new Overlook will also include a dedicated memorial for USAir Flight 1016 which crashed nearby in 1993.

Construction, pending approval from Charlotte City Council, is tentatively scheduled to begin late summer/early fall with a projected opening of late spring/early summer 2024.



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