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Snow Melting Mats Provide a Creative Solution to Ice Buildup at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Snow Melting Mats Provide a Creative Solution to Ice Buildup at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Snow Melting Mats Provide a Creative Solution to Ice Buildup at Charlotte Douglas International AirportDoraville, GA, January 2019 - With some 22 million passengers a year, Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the eighth-busiest airport in the US. Despite North Carolina’s generally balmy weather, during winter months temperatures at the airport can dip into the low 30’s, and reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents becomes a serious concern. One challenge is the buildup of ice at the jetway docking point where passengers board and disembark from a parked plane.  To reduce the hazard at this critical juncture, the airport facility maintenance team recently tested a HeatTrak Snow Melting Mat. Results were so convincing that the team has now ordered 40 more mats.

Jetways provide enhanced access to the aircraft for passengers, many with disabilities and mobility impairments. It’s critical that they board and disembark safely. However, the jetway is not an area where conventional ice melting methods such as chemicals or salt can be used. A creative solution was needed.

HeatTrak’s snow melting mat systems are designed to prevent snow and ice buildup at industrial facilities and commercial environments, according to senior HeatTrak product specialist Ryan Williams. He explained that HeatTrak mats work by melting snow and ice on contact at a rate of two inches per hour.  

“Our snow melting mats are durable and stand up to heavy foot traffic. They make a significant difference at airports and other facilities by keeping public-access areas clear of snow and ice without compromising on cleanliness.  The issue the Charlotte team had is common at many airports.  Our mats are an efficient and economical way to address this problem,” Williams said. 

HeatTrak is the original inventor of portable snow melting mats. With more than 50,000 mats in use around North America, the company has become the industry expert in snow removal matting products. Its electrically heated snow melting mats plug into any standard 120V, 208V or 240V electrical outlet, melting snow and ice on contact. HeatTrak products help facility managers reduce slip-and-fall rates, thereby reducing their liability exposure and helping to lower their insurance premiums.

Keeping travelers safe is the number-one priority. With HeatTrak mats they expect to see a decline in slip-and-fall accidents and, commensurately, a decrease in liability risk.

HeatTrak is the developer and primary manufacturer of outdoor heated matting products. Founded in 2004, the company’s products are an efficient, convenient, and economical way to eliminate snow and ice accumulation around the workplace.  More than 50,000 mats are in use throughout North America at facilities that include Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, and universities.  Read more about HeatTrak and the company’s complete range of solutions at

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