Create a 8 pages page paper that discusses charlotte/douglas international airport. Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT) is one of the busiest airports in the United States. Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, CLT currently serves an estimated population of 43.5 million annually, with up to 140 nonstop destinations across the globe. In addition, with four runways, the airport is currently served by a host of domestic and foreign airlines with up to 3 foreign carriers and seven domestic carriers connecting passengers to various destinations in North America, Europe, the Caribbean, and South America (COA Online Academic Portal 1). However, with the increasing traffic over the years, CLT has faced a number of challenges some of which include overcrowding, traffic delays, operational safety concerns, and reduced service efficiency. .
Congestion at the north ramp holding in Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT) is a major concern and design challenge. Located above the airport international concourse D, the north ramp holding is a major transition point between the west and north ramps in the airport and is usually congested with egress traffic from and to the various regional airline gates on Concourse E. This is a major issue at the airport particularly during the peak periods where both the egress from the Concourse D gates and the international traffic ingress thereby occasionally bringing traffic to a near standstill.
There are a number of airport design alternatives that can effectively be used to address and mitigate the current problem of airport traffic congestion at the north ramp holding in CLT without affecting the normal north and slow flow operations at the airport facility. Some of the potential design solutions that can be incorporated to address the challenge include re-aligning Concourse D and Concourse E gates, relocation and Extension of the Runway, and redesigning the exit taxiway. Re-aligning concourse D and concourse E gates are one of the most effective design alternatives that can effectively be implemented at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT) to address the congestion issues attributed to the egress traffic from and to the various regional airline gates on Concourse E during peak periods.
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