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Old 08-17-2009, 11:00 PM
 
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I'm flying into Charlotte and a friend is picking me up. Is this an easy drive by to be picked and if so, where is it the least congested? Thanks.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:13 PM
 
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I'm opretty sure I saw a "park and wait" lot, where there are lighted signs telling you what flight is available for pick-up. They would just drive to your terminal when the sign goes on for your flight and you should be there.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:36 PM
 
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There is a cell phone lot -- your friend can wait in the lot -- you call when you are ready to walk outside. It really works great.
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:07 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Or you can be like me & have your friend leave for the airport when your flight lands. By the time they get there there won't be any traffic.
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:44 AM
 
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There is a cell phone lot -- your friend can wait in the lot -- you call when you are ready to walk outside. It really works great.
Best advise. Wait outside the terminal and call your friend. With-in 3-4 minutes your ride will be there.
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:16 AM
 
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If you don't mind paying a little, I find it easiest to drive to the top of the short term parking deck right in front of the terminal. Almost nobody parked on the top and its very easy access to the terminal.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:04 AM
 
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I normally track the flight online to arrive at the airport about 15 minutes after the plane lands......works well. I'm never waiting long enough to get chased off by security. I use flytecomm or flightview, links below.

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Old 08-18-2009, 10:25 AM
 
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Use the online flight tracker AND use the cellphone lot........that's why both were invented.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:10 AM
 
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Never had any trouble, I don't use the cell phone lot (as I don't use a cell phone) so I usually just check flights, time it right, and circle. Of the 20+ times I've picked up my husband it's only been crowded a couple, even those times it was at least "stop n go" not just "stop."
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:49 AM
 
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Use the online flight tracker AND use the cellphone lot........that's why both were invented.
That's what I do and I am in and out of the airport regularly. I check online flight tracker, try to arrive about 10 minutes after estimated touchdown, pull into the cellphone lot . . . and usually have only a few minutes wait.

If you are picking up someone who doesn't have luggage, I meet them at arrivals and departures instead of at the baggage claim area. Otherwise, go to baggage claim.
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