CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Parking at Charlotte Douglas International Airport this summer is going to be difficult.

Airport officials said travelers will face full parking lots, traffic backups and longer waits for shuttle buses this summer, The Charlotte Observer reported.

Charlotte Douglas is in the midst of $1 billion worth of expansion projects. Cagle says that will expand parking capacity and build bigger roads in front of the terminal.

The airport is down about 5,000 parking spots from last year after it tore down the old hourly parking decks. The replacement hourly parking decks will not be ready until November.

In the meantime, Interim Aviation Director Brent Cagle said parking lots will be full most of the summer. Cagle says he does not have enough shuttle buses to open additional overflow parking lots.

Charlotte Douglas has 61 shuttle buses, but not all of them are working properly. The average bus is seven years old and has traveled 300,000 miles.

Charlotte City Council voted last week to buy up to 30 new shuttle buses at a cost of nearly $6 million. Cagle said that will help, but will not solve, the bus shortage.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer,