Since winning the prestigious Eagle Award for Best Airport from the International Air Transport Association in 2010, Charlotte Douglas International Airport has managed to keep costs low and quality high while serving roughly thirty-nine million passengers each year. The airport is located at 5501 R.C. Josh Birmingham Parkway, just seven miles west of Charlotte's downtown area. Twenty-eight major domestic and international air carriers fly from Charlotte airport, offering direct service to hundreds of cities across the country and around the world. When you're ready to start your travel planning, take some time to visit ebookers, where you'll be able to purchase your air tickets and book your hotel and rental car in one simple interface.
Long-term parking at Charlotte is the most affordable option, with rates of just $5 per day and free shuttle service to and from the terminals. The daily and daily north lots charge $7 per day, while the hourly lot charges a maximum of $17 per day. To ensure that all travellers have access to the pampering they deserve, the airport offers kerbside valet parking at $17 per day and business valet service at $10 per day. When you use the business valet, you'll have access to free shuttle service, automotive services while you're gone, and the ability to make reservations ahead of time. Although there are off-site parking lots in the area, they can't beat the rates offered by the airport.
Taxis are the most popular means of airport transportation. Although the airport has arrangements with three taxi companies—Crown Cab, City Cab and Yellow Cab—you are free to choose any local taxi service. Fares to the downtown area should be roughly $25. You can also use the money you saved by using ebookers to make your travel arrangements to splurge on a private limousine to get you to the airport in style.
You'll never go hungry at Charlotte airport, as the terminals are filled with snack bars and restaurants. You can grab a smoothie at Jamba Juice, have a sweet bite at Cinnabon, or indulge in a latte from Starbucks. If you'd rather not wait until you get to the airport, you can stop at Yorkmont Café at 2925 Yorkmont Road, TEA ReX at 4321 Stuart Andrew Boulevard, or Dunkin Donuts at 5133 South Boulevard in Charlotte.
Flights to Orlando land at Orlando Airport, which is the busiest airport in Florida, and reaching the centre of the city is simple by taxi, bus or rental car. Florida is a large state and often the easiest way to explore is to include car hire as part of a holiday package. The road system is straightforward and Orlando is an excellent base from which to visit other areas.
Orlando is synonymous with Universal Studios, SeaWorld and Walt Disney World. These are attractions that must be visited, but there is more to the city. Gatorland is a local attraction that many families enjoy, as children of all ages can get up close and personal with the state's native alligators. There are also a number of water parks for families to visit, as well as night-time spectacles such as Cirque du Soleil.
Shopping is an important pastime, so set time aside after arriving on any flights Orlando bound. Vineland Avenue is the area to visit for tourists in search of premium brands at discounted prices, while Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores offers discounts on high street brands. Florida Mall has over 250 stores to peruse, as well as food outlets and plentiful parking. If sport is of interest, Orlando Magic is the local basketball team. They play in the NBA and are based at the 20,000-capacity Amway Center. Nearby, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play in the NFL to crowds of over 65,000; taking in a game provides the ultimate American sporting experience.
Booking flights from Charlotte to Orlando is easy at ebookers.ie, where a range of tools are available to create the ideal trip.
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