Managing Airport Expansion During a Pandemic
Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte’s economic engine, ranks as the nation’s 6th busiest airport and ranked in the top 5 U.S. “megahubs”. It is American Airlines 2 nd largest hub with over 700 daily flights. In a normal year 50 million travelers would travel though our airport but 2020 was different with Covid-19. However, the low ridership did not halt CLT’s many pronged $2.5 billion master plan for expansion and upgrade which began in 2015 and will conclude in 2035. Included in the plan is Concourse expansion, a new runway, and the marque item: the massive Terminal Lobby expansion, which is four years away from completion. Mr. Christine will explain how they kept the planes flying when so much else on the ground came to a halt.
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Jack Christine, Chief Operating Officer of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Jack Christine is the Chief Operating Officer of the City’s Aviation Department, which owns and operates Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). He is responsible for all aspects of airport development, operations, and facility maintenance.
Mr Christine joined the Aviation Department in 1997 as a planning Assistant. His experience includes time spent working with the department’s planners, planning and development manager and assistant aviation director of development.
Along with his position in the Aviation Department, Christine serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he teaches courses on airport development.
Christine is a 1996 graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in airport Management and Aviation Safety and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition, he is an accredited airport executive through the American Association of Airport Executives.