There was a time that Juli Williams would do anything to avoid flying out of Charlotte because it cost too much.
The Chicago native would drive to Greensboro, or even to Raleigh, to save money on personal and business travel. Federal statistics showed that at the end of 2004, Charlotte's average fare was the eighth most expensive among the nation's largest airports.
Now, Williams doesn't have to leave town to get a good air fare. In the fourth quarter of 2006, figures show Charlotte/Douglas was the 65th most-expensive airport. Charlotte's average fare declined by the biggest percentage in the past year.
Figures compiled this month by The Charlotte Observer showed Charlotte/Douglas has been adding passengers faster than any other major U-S airport.
In response, the airport is expanding its concourse for regional jets, and it recently opened a new daily parking deck. The airport also has City Council approval for a four-thousand-space deck.