Trump’s Visit Friday Could Cause Delays At Charlotte Airport

CHARLOTTE, NC — If you’re traveling through Charlotte Douglas International Airport Friday, you will need to keep watch over your flight status, airport officials are warning. Delays are expected throughout the day of March 2, as President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence travel to Charlotte to attend the midday funeral of evangelist Rev. Billy Graham.

Trump and his wife, Melania, boarded a flight at Dulles International Airport to Charlotte around 9 a.m. Friday morning, according to CNN.

"Please check with your airline for the most updated status of your flight," the Charlotte Douglas International airport said on its Twitter account. "Delays will occur with @VP and @POTUS flying in for @BillyGraham funeral."

The Billy Graham Parkway, a major artery to the airport, will also remain closed until 5 p.m. between Tryon Street and Tyvola Road, which means drivers will need to seek an alternate route, airport officials said.

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Traffic detours began near the Billy Graham Library, which is four miles southeast of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Thursday evening, when city officials shut down Billy Graham Parkway in both directions in preparation for the famed evangelists funeral scheduled for Friday at noon.

Recommended Alternate Routes for Charlotte Douglas International Airport Traffic/ Source: City of Charlotte

Here is detour information from the City of Charlotte:

Billy Graham Parkway in both directions between South Tryon Street (N.C. 49) and Tyvola Road will remain closed until funeral activities at the Billy Graham Library conclude Friday afternoon. Refer to the maps below for Billy Graham Parkway detours and alternate routes for Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Motorists traveling east on Billy Graham Parkway will be detoured to Tyvola Road, turning left on South Tryon Street, then back to Woodlawn Road/Billy Graham Parkway. Motorists traveling west on Woodlawn Road/Billy Graham Parkway will be detoured left onto South Tryon Street, turning right on Tyvola Road, then back to Billy Graham Parkway.
Detours for Billy Graham Parkway, Source: City of Charlotte

Drivers heading to Charlotte Douglas International Airport should use these alternate routes:

From I-77 south of Charlotte, take the I-485 Inner Loop (Exit 1) to Wilkinson Boulevard (Exit 9), continuing east to Josh Birmingham Parkway; or From I-85, take Little Rock Road (Exit 32), continuing south to Josh Birmingham Parkway. NCDOT will use portable message boards to alert motorists of the detours and overhead message signs advising of the alternate routes.

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A private funeral service for Rev. Graham will begin at noon, with private interment scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

REMINDER: Please check with your airline for the most updated status of your flight. Delays will occur with @VP and @POTUS flying in for @BillyGraham funeral. Billy Graham Pkwy is closed until 5 pm between Tryon and Tyvola. Seek an alternate route. pic.twitter.com/mIQd7ffwb5— CLT Airport (@CLTAirport) March 2, 2018

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