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Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

With 41.2 million passengers last year, Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the nation's eighth-busiest airport. But it still manages to maintain a top-five spot among U.S. airports for on-time departures. In a recent Travel Leaders Group survey, it was also ranked the second-best airport in the U.S. for making connections, owing perhaps in part to its layout: a single terminal with multiple concourses. With an average security wait time of about 13.4 minutes and a volunteer program to help passengers in need of assistance find quick answers, the airport offers an overall speedier experience than most its size.

Summer 2013 caveat: A new project to add parking will affect existing parking lots throughout the season. So if you need to park at the airport, give yourself some extra time and use planning resources provided by the airport.

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America's fastest airports

For a traveler to breeze through any major airport, plenty of stars have to align. Security waits need to be short, terminals easy to navigate, intra-airport transportation abundant and flights punctual. While some fastest-airport lists focus on a single element — say, on-time departure records — we decided to highlight airports that performed well across categories. To do that, we've compiled data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, averaged real-time crowdsourced security wait times, and compared expedited-screening options and airport layouts to come up with this list of the country's 10 speediest major airports. | By Christine Sarkis, SmarterTravel

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