Flights to Charlotte Douglas International Airport set you up for a memorable vacation filled with strolls through botanical gardens, thrills at Carowinds theme park, and delicious meals at local restaurants. The city has a serious side as a major financial center and a relaxed vibe as home to an ecclectic music scene. Flying to Charlotte puts you in touch with whichever part of the city you want to experience.
Book flights to Charlotte Douglas International Airport on U.S.-based carriers such as American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and U.S. Airways. Carriers based outside the U.S. with service to Charlotte include Air Canada, Insel, and Lufthansa.
If you're taking a direct flight from Charlotte, you may want to fly on U.S. Airways because it’s the only airline that has a lounge. If cost is your main concern, check out prices on Frontier and Southwest. JetBlue has cheaper rates than larger carriers, and offers perks like one free checked bag.
Heading Into Charlotte
There is a variety of ground transportation to get you from the airport to your hotel. Multiple rental car companies have offices on the airport’s lower level near baggage claim. The city’s Sprinter enhanced bus service runs from the airport to Center City Charlotte with stops close to hotels and restaurants. A number of hotels near the airport provide free shuttles as well. Paid shuttle service, limousines, and taxis are also available, though they are the most expensive option if you are not renting a car.
Regardless of which mode you choose, you’ll travel about 8 miles to get from the airport to downtown. In light traffic, the trip takes about 15 minutes.
Time of Year to Fly Into Charlotte
Capture deals on flights by visiting between March and May or between September and November. During these months you can find more affordable flights and enjoy the pleasant weather.
What to Do in Charlotte
Many people fly here to see concerts at PNC Music Pavilion, which is located on the opposite side of town from the airport and accessible by rental car and taxi. Events like HeroesCon for comic book enthusiasts bring visitors through the airport to the downtown convention center every year. The venue is accessible from the airport by Sprinter bus, rental car, private shuttle, and taxi.