New Runway Complete at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Improving Area Access and Convenience

Charlotte, North Carolina – April 23, 2010– A new third parallel runway, 18R/36L was recently opened at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), dramatically improving business aviation access to Charlotte, NC and the surrounding area. The new runway alleviates the need to fly into surrounding area airports when Charlotte is the ultimate destination. The latest addition to the airport will also improve access to great FBO service from Wilson Air Center which recently completed a 10,000-square-foot renovation of their facilities just in time for the new runway opening.

Business and corporate aircraft have long known about the convenience and operational benefit of CLT and now have even more reason to make CLT their destination airport. This is the airport’s fourth runway and third parallel runway. The addition of the new 9,000 foot long runway will permit triple independent instrument landings. The primary purpose of the runway will be for flight arrivals.

Already 8th nationwide in operations, this significant expansion positions CLT to become the airport of choice for the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. The new runway combined with the existing runways, provides enhanced safety and timely landing and departures.

In anticipation of the new runway opening and increased usage of CLT, Wilson Air Center, has completed renovations just in time to complement the new runway and increased airport capabilities. The upgrade further reflects Wilson Air Center’s award winning commitment to customers, the airport and the expansion.

“The new renovations provide Wilson Air Center-Charlotte with a more spacious and comfortable floor plan with a clean and modern look. It is more operationally convenient for pilots and crews, as well as aesthetically pleasing to customers and visiting VIPs,” says Vince Papke, General Manager, Wilson Air Center-Charlotte. “Additionally, the new runway will allow travelers easier access with fewer delays, as well as a more pleasurable ground experience, allowing Wilson Air Center to continue to focus on the excellent, 24-hour customer service for which we are known.”

In addition to the newly completed upgrade, Wilson Air Center-Charlotte has recently added over 100,000 square feet of additional office and hangar space. To further complement the modern FBO campus, an additional 3.5 acres of ramp space is now operated under Wilson management and has both office and hangar space available for lease.

Wilson Air reinvented the corporate aviation support industry by blending a heritage rich in hospitality management and a long-standing passion for aviation. They offer corporate services, maintenance, charter, aircraft sales, military handling, airline handling, freight handling, and aircraft management.

With locations in Memphis TN, Charlotte NC and Houston TX, Wilson Air Center’s corporate aviation support facilities are renowned for their innovative approach to customer service and satisfaction (Pro Pilot Magazine #1 Best U.S. FBO Chain in 2007-08-09 and #2 in 2010) that originated from roots within the hospitality industry. The Memphis location is the home of one of the world’s largest aircraft canopies, and is touted by the aviation industry as among the top fixed base operations in the United States for the quality of its services and the comfort and design of its facilities. For more information on Wilson Air Center or the services we offer, please call 901-345-2992 or visit