CLT Awards and Recognitions



  • Placed among the top 10 airports for health and wellness by
  • Ranked as Travel + Leisure's 10th best airport in the nation
  • Named the third most efficient North American airport by Air Transport Research Society's Global Airport Performance Benchmarking study
  • Ranked among the top 10 speediest U.S. Airports by the Huffington Post
  • Ranks among the top 10 airports passengers are likely to quickly travel through (USA Today)
  • In the first ever TellUSO Awards, the USO of North Carolina, Charlotte Center received the top award for USO in the large airports category
  • In terms of passenger traffic and available square footage of terminal space and gate area, ranked 2nd most crowded US Airport by Forbes
  • Entrepreneur magazine names Beaudevin the best new Airport Bar in its 2013 Business Travel Awards
  • Of the "Best Eats at the 20 Busiest U.S. Airports" Brookwood Farms BBQ ranked 6th (CNN)
  • Wilson Air Center – Charlotte voted Best Small Chain in Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment survey by Professional Pilot Magazine
  • Brookwood Farms BBQ ranked by Huffington Post as one of 10 Great Airport Restaurants
  • Ranked 2nd best US Airport for Connecting Passengers (Travel Leaders Group)
  • Preliminary rankings show CLT to be 8th busiest (passengers) and 6th busiest (movements) nationally. Globally, the Airport is ranked 23rd busiest (passengers) and 7th busiest (movements) by Airports Council International (ACI).


  • Airport breaks passenger traffic record by welcoming more than 41 million travelers
  • CLT ranks 4th in on-time arrival performance (U.S. Department of Transportation)
  • Recognized by the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program as one of the United States' gateway airports to the international aviation system
  • Airport social media, web and mobile sites received Platinum MarCom Awards from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals
  • Recycling center and composting program received honorable mentions at the Chicago Department of Aviation's Airports Going Green Conference
  • Tied for eighth in a survey ranking the availability of healthy food options in the nation's busiest airports (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)
  • Named one of "America's Most Family-Friendly Airports" by Travel + Leisure magazine
  • 2nd Most Efficient Airport in North America, 2012 Air Transport Society benchmarking report
  • Named 2nd best among America’s Best and Worst Airports – Travel+Leisure magazine
  • Wilson Air Center, CLT's Fixed Base Operator (FBO) ranked #1 Best Small US FBO Chain and Wilson Air Center – Charlotte ranked #20 Best US FBO by Professional Pilot PRASE Survey
  • Among the top 50 FBOs in America, Wilson Air Center – Charlotte ranked #15 (Pilots Choice Awards,
  • CLT named 2012 Corporate Philanthropist of the Year Award – LIFESPAN  
  • 5th Favorite Airport in the Americas, TripAdvisor Annual Survey
  • High Customer Satisfaction Rating by Phoenix International Marketing


  • Ranked the 6th busiest airport in the world in operations (landings and takeoffs) and nationally 11th in passengers (2011 Airports Council International rankings)
  • Broke passenger traffic record by welcoming 39,043,708 travelers 
  • 14th Most Social Airport in the World by Facebook, Inc.  
  • Received AA3 Revenue Bond Rating from Moody’s Investors Service, citing Airport’s “strong financial performance.”
  • Of the country's busiest airports, CLT was named the most affordable based on average airfares by
  • Wilson Air Center ranked among top 10 of the Best FBOs in the Americas (North, Central and South America and the Caribbean), Aviation International News
  • High Customer Satisfaction Rating by Phoenix International Marketing

  • Named 7th busiest airport in the world in operations (landing and takeoffs) and 11th nationwide in passengers (Airports Council International's 2010 rankings)
  • International Air Transport Association Eagle Award recipient for Best Airport in the World
  • Earned ANNIE Award for being the fastest growing airport with more than 10 million passengers
  • Among the top Five Best Airports, by J.D. Powers and Associates' North American Airport Satisfaction Study Large Airports 
  • 8th Best Airport in Delays with only 15.9% flight delays – Travel+Leisure Magazine's Best and Worst Airports
  • Aviation Director T.J. "Jerry" Orr inducted into North Carolina Transportation Hall of Fame
  • Aviation Director T.J. "Jerry" Orr received the Tom Phillips Award for Outstanding Hospitality Person of the Year, by The Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance
  • High Customer Satisfaction Rating by Phoenix International Marketing

  • Ranked 9th busiest airport in the world in operations (landings and takeoffs) and 11th in total passengers nationally (Airport Councils International's 2009 rankings)
  • Named Air Carrier Airport Manager of the Year, by FAA Southern Region (presented to CLT in 2010)
  • Received American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) Gold Award for Commercial Service, Southeast Chapter (presented in 2010)
  • Recognized as Employer of the Year by the North Carolina Association for Persons in Supported Employment (NCAPSE)
  • Celebrating Contributions to Charlotte Award  (Jerry Orr), March of Dimes
  • Received Green Government Action Program of the Year by Charlotte Business Journal
  • “Readers Pick: Best Airport Restaurants, Shops and Services” by USA Today
  • High Customer Satisfaction Rating by Phoenix International Marketing

  • Received the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Southern Region Runway Safety Partnership Award as well as the Southern Region's Safety Mark of Distinction Award (Airfield Driver Training Program)
  • Green Government Action Program of the Year (semi-finalist) by Charlotte Business Journal  
  • Among "World's top 20 Airport for Wi-Fi Connectivity" by Forbes magazine
  • CLT's FBO, Wilson Air Center, received the State Chairman's Above and Beyond Award for Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve
  • Daily Parking Decks earned the North Carolina American Institute of Architects' Honor Award