Charlotte Douglas International Airport Airfield Expansion

A major airfield expansion that includes a de-icing pad and 4,000-foot-long taxiway and taxiway bridge.


  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA


  • City of Charlotte, Charlotte Aviation Department

Project Status

  • Construction will occur in multiple phases, with completion targeted for 2022.

As one of the 10 busiest airports in the U.S., Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is experiencing tremendous growth and has recently embarked on the next phase of its overall development program, Destination CLT. The program includes several major airfield improvement projects to continue to provide adequate and efficient airfield operations for CLT’s customers.

WSP will provide engineering design services for the new De-icing Pad and South Crossfield Taxiway. The firm is leading the project delivery team and managing the design delivery of multiple discipline teams, including airfield, roadway, major utilities and bridge/structural.

De-icing operations are currently conducted on Runway 5/23, as well as the South Cargo Ramp. The new de-icing apron will accommodate up to five Airplane Design Group (ADG) V aircraft and its associated infrastructure. Relocating the de-icing operations to the new de-icing pad will allow CLT to continue the airfield improvements and terminal expansions, advancing the Destination CLT program.

The new 4,000-foot-long South Crossfield Taxiway will connect the central and east side of the airfield and includes a taxiway bridge that will allow aircraft to taxi over Yorkmont Road. The bridge and taxiways will be designed for ADG V aircraft, which includes the Airbus A330.

The South Crossfield Taxiway will provide efficient taxi flow for de-icing aircraft to the Runway 36R and Runway 36C ends. The project will also include a 2,800-foot southern extension of Taxiway F, connecting the air carrier ramp to the new De-icing Pad and provide dual ADG V taxiway capability to Runway 36C.

In north flow operations, the South Crossfield Taxiway will allow aircraft exiting the new deicing pad to utilize Runway 36R and Runway 36C for departures.