New airport traffic routes in place for DNC
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Around 30,000 visitors are making their way to Charlotte this weekend and many are coming through Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. And with tens of thousands more visitors, media members and not to mention Labor Day travelers coming through, new routes are in place around the airport Saturday through Labor Day and on Friday.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Around 30,000 visitors are making their way to Charlotte this weekend and many are coming through Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
"We just arrived about 10 minutes ago," said Donna Marino, a New York delegate in town for the Democratic National Convention. "It was wonderful to walk right down the staircase and see all these happy faces welcoming us to Charlotte."
And with tens of thousands more visitors, media members and not to mention Labor Day travelers coming through, new routes are in place around the airport Saturday through Labor Day and on Friday.
"What we're trying to do is provide the most capacity where we have the crowds coming in," said Jerry Orr, Aviation Director at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
There are 25 electronic road signs around the airport that are directing commercial buses to pick up delegates at the lower level at baggage claim. Signs there are directing all other travelers back to the upper level, now designated for both arrivals and departures for personal vehicles.
"We normally don't have this many big buses, so we're giving them more space," said Orr.
Some travelers said they've found the changes at curbs inconvenient.
"It was a little bit confusing for someone coming from out of town, very much so," said traveler Beverly Supak.
And many have missed signs for a relocated cell phone lot at Wilkinson Boulevard and Harlee Avenue.
"The cell phone lot was a lot earlier than I expected it to be and by the time I realized that I had missed the turn, I ended having to go basically to the terminal and turn around," said Andy Houghton, a Charlotte resident.
Airport officials said to leave extra time getting here as with any holiday travel, and keep an eye out for signs and staff until visitors head home Friday.
"I'll be coming back through Friday and we'll be taking transportation again to get back to New York," said Marino.
Again, alternate traffic routes are in effect Saturday through Labor Day and on Friday. normal patterns will be in place Tuesday through Thursday.
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