WFAE Talks
5:20 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

WFAE Talks The Latest Airport Fight, A Proposed Sales Tax Hike, Murrows

Credit WFAE

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.

Read more
Local News
2:14 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Mayor Cannon, City Council Sworn In

Mayor Patrick Cannon speaks after being sworn in to the job.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

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.

Read more
Local News
5:25 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Sequestration Cuts To Hit Control Tower At Concord Airport

A plane parked at the Concord Regional Airport in Concord, N.C.
Credit flickr/Willamor Media

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.  

Read more
Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Airline Merger And Possible Airport Authority Changes

Credit Ken Lund / flickr

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.

Read more
Local News
12:00 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Customs Desk Could Bring More Corporate Jets To Monroe

Officials at the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport expect more corporate air fleets will land on the tarmac, once the airport can accept international flights.
Credit Kenneth Lu/Flickr

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.”

Read more
4:29 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Teams Pull 50-Ton Airplane For Charity

U.S. Airways employees compete in the seventh annual Jet Pull event. The Dual Lane Demons finished with a time of 7.410.
Tasnim Shamma

Fifteen feet doesn’t sound like a lot, unless you’re pulling a 50-ton airplane. And that’s exactly what teams lined up to do at the U.S. airways hangar in Charlotte this morning. They weren’t there just to show off which team had the largest biceps. The goal was to raise money for United Way of Central Carolinas.

There were 26 teams of 20 employees, but Freight Flyers was the most anticipated team. After all, they’re the defending champs.

Read more
Delta Departing Hickory
12:00 pm
Wed November 2, 2005

Delta Departing Hickory

(11/02/05) Air travelers and city leaders in Hickory were dealt a blow recently when Delta announced it was pulling its service out of the Hickory Regional Airport. The company's initial plan was to pull out at the end of this month, but a technicality has extended the service to January. WFAE's Scott Graf spoke with Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright about the situation and the city's quest to line up another commercial carrier.