By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Goal: to be the preeminent business travel blogger for the Charlotte market as evidenced by page views and quotes in news outlets.
Step one towards this goal: Why do I live in Charlotte.
Unlike most workers and even many business travelers I have the luxury of living near any hub I want.
I could live in a glamourous city like NYC or LA
I could live near a mega hub airport like ATL or ORD
I could even live somewhere with super dirt cheap direct flights like MCO
I chose Charlotte and I think that is an important thing to understand. I moved there for the airport and I stay because of friends and because the airport still suits my needs.
What keeps me in Charlotte? A variety of suitable flights with plenty of mainline and larger regional jets on major carriers (US Airways and Delta), fast security, and convenient parking.
What would I like to see?
- Lower fares for sure. Charlotte may not always be the cheapest.
- More direct flights to the west coast. When I head over there US Airways is usually the the cheapest, but most west coast destinations require a hop in PHX. It’s crazy how many people on my flights between CLT and PHX are double hopping XXX-PHX-CLT-YYY instead of XXX-hub-YYY like I can usually do on Delta. It will be interesting to see how that plays out with the AA merger and adding DFW and ORD to the list of hubs in the middle.
- Fix the moving walkway from A concourse back to the terminal so it works more than 1 week before it breaks again!
- I wish there was still a parking lot to walk to the concourse, but I also see the big picture that things will be much better very soon.
What is CLT doing well? Unlike the impression I get at the NYC airports, there is no doubt CLT is a very light and airy airport. I think it is kept very clean (hence my post years ago about the bathroom attendants), the new signage put in before the DNC is very clear, bright, and inviting. There are a variety of places to eat from sushi to gelato Chilis and even Bad Daddy’s to bring some local Charlotte flavor.
Going forward I will do my best to be more timely with posts about this great city’s airport.