Airport

Charlotte Douglas Airport To Add 'Sleeping Pods'

Jul 25, 2017
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Charlotte Douglas International Airport will soon introduce “sleeping pods” for travelers wanting to nap privately and more comfortably while they wait for their flights. The six new Minute Suites will include a sofa bed, a T.V., a computer, and one will have a shower. The company has operated sleeping pods in a handful of airports, including Atlanta’s for several years now. Minute Suites director, Daniel Solomon says a lot of their customers book their rooms for just a few hours.

“If they miss their connection, which happens a lot, and they get rebooked. They really find that this service is a godsend to have some place they can hold up for three or four hours,” he said.

The Minute Suites charges $42 for an hour and $140 for an overnight stay. The sleeping pods are expected to be up and running this December.

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A protest broke out at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on Saturday night in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The gathering began around 9 p.m. and reached its peak about an hour later, when roughly 60 protesters swarmed the airport's baggage claim clutching homemade signs and chanting, "No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here." Police kept a close perimeter.

An armed police officer at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on Tuesday morning
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Flyers traveling through Charlotte-Douglas International Airport will now encounter police officers carrying assault-style rifles. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says the decision to arm airport officers with the firearms came in the immediate wake of a deadly mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport that left five people dead and more than 40 injured.

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Former Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee says state lawmakers had racial motivations in 2013 when they tried to transfer control of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport from the city to a regional authority.

Speaking Wednesday on Charlotte Talks, Carlee told host Mike Collins that he believes the General Assembly was trying to undermine then-Mayor Anthony Foxx, who is African-American.

Busy Night Ahead For Charlotte City Council

Jul 27, 2015
Michael Tomsic

Charlotte’s city council has a full docket this evening at one of its few summer meetings. Council members will consider spending millions on sports and economic development deals.

This is the only city council meeting in a two-month span, with elections looming in September.

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Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the latest legislative strategy to force Charlotte city government to give up control of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and a proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike to help supplement the salaries of CMS employees and fund a few other programs.

Plus, Greg and Lisa talk to Ben about his big week. He was named the winner of a national Edward R. Murrow Award for this story.

Mayor Cannon, City Council Sworn In

Dec 3, 2013
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Charlotte officially has a new mayor in office. Democrat Patrick Cannon was sworn in, along with the rest of the city council, at last night’s Oath of Office ceremony.


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What's an airport without a control tower? One that can expect to see a lot less traffic. As part of the sequestration cuts to the federal budget, the Federal Aviation Administration has given the city of Concord official notice that it will end the contract that funds the tower program at Concord Regional Airport.  

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Charlotte air travel has been on the minds of many in recent weeks as US Airways and American Airlines merge and while North Carolina politicians push for Charlotte Douglas International Airport to be operated by an airport authority rather than as a city department. We'll talk about how the US Airways/ American merger might affect US Airways 3rd largest hub and travelers who come through Charlotte, and discuss how the idea of an airport authority may or may not change how the airport is run and whether any of it will affect the average Charlottean, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport will begin constructing a customs building, and that could be a business boon for Union County.

No place in the Carolinas has more aerospace companies than Monroe.

“Those companies do a lot of international work,” says North Carolina Aviation Director Richard Walls. “So, being able to bring flights and cargo directly into Monroe allows all of that cargo to get into those factories and into those aerospace companies much more quickly and much more efficiently.”

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