Established in 1935 as Charlotte Municipal Airport then renamed Douglas Municipal Airport for former Charlotte mayor Ben Douglas. The airport gained its current name in 1982 .
Here's a look at growth over the years.
'This 1945 photo shows an Eastern Airlines plane at the original terminal building at Douglas Municipal Airport. The airport was named for Ben Douglas, who was Charlotte's
mayor from 1935-1941.'
1945. Courtesy of City of Charlotte.
'There's always plenty of activity at Douglas Municipal Airport.'
1960. Jeep Hunter/Staff
'Automatic doors aid passengers in new west concourse.'
1967. Jeep Hunter/Staff
'Passenger and crew board jet in driving rain.'
1967. Elmer Horton/Staff
1969. Jeep Hunter/Staff
'The men in the control room become the airport's traffic cops when the planes come within a range of eight miles from the airport. Here we see Nat Fulcher, Eddie Augustyn and Gerry Gulledge at work in the tower. Airplanes always land and take off into the wind.'
1970. Don Hunter/Staff
1975. Don Marten/Staff
'The number of private jets and other aircraft has grown rapidly in recent years, and so has the number of private pilots.'
Row of pay phones in the terminal.
'View of the new terminal from upper ramp where departing passengers enter terminal.'
1982. Elmer Horton/Staff
'A statue of Queen Charlotte, holding her crown aloft, outside the main terminal at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Charlotte City Council last Monday approved spending $5 million for engineering work on a dramatically new Charlotte-Douglas. It's tearing down the existing daily parking decks, and has plans to expand the existing terminal, to make it wider.
2009. Davie Hinshaw/Staff