airport authority bill

Local News
3:25 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Jerry Orr Used To Doing Things His Way At Charlotte Airport

Charlotte Aviation Director Jerry Orr is known for terse answers to reporter questions.
Julie Rose

One man stands at the center of this swirling controversy over Charlotte's airport. In 25 years, Jerry Orr has built a reputation as one of the nation's best airport directors.

But he also has a reputation for being gruff and abrasive and his clashes with city leaders helped fuel the airport power struggle that has thrust Orr's job into limbo. Love him or hate him, Orr's name is synonymous with Charlotte Douglas International Airport. 

Read more
Local News
8:27 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Charlotte Loses Its Airport - Nearly

Charlotte aviation director Jerry Orr would no longer have to ask the city council for permission to act at the airport if the court upholds legislation transferring CLT to a regional authority.
Credit Julie Rose

The city of Charlotte has lost control of its airport – or nearly so. The North Carolina General Assembly passed a measure Thursday officially transferring Charlotte Douglas International into the hands of a regional authority – immediately. 

But just as quickly, the city sued to stop it and was granted a temporary restraining order.

After six months of rancor and a flurry of last minute attempts at compromise, the final legislative vote was kind of anticlimactic: it happened in less than a minute with no discussion or debate.

Read more
Developing
1:20 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

McCrory Says Last-Minute Compromise Unlikely For Airport Bill

Governor Pat McCrory told reporters in Charlotte on Thursday morning he didn't think a last-minute compromise would prevent the airport authority legislation from passing.
Credit Julie Rose

Hours before state senators are expected to take a final vote to create a regional authority for the Charlotte airport, Governor Pat McCrory was in Charlotte speaking out on the issue.

As the vote has neared, McCrory began working behind the scenes to broker a compromise between legislators and the city of Charlotte and prevent the lawsuit Charlotte seems bound to file if the bill passes. Another last-minute compromise was in the works this morning, but McCrory said he wasn't sure it would happen because of "timing and other things."

Read more
Developing
1:12 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

House Passes Charlotte Airport Authority Bill

It's nearly a done deal. The North Carolina House gave final approval on Tuesday to a measure transferring the Charlotte airport to a regional authority. All that remains is Senate concurrence with changes made to the measure in the House. That could come in the next day or so.

Read more
Charlotte Observer
10:25 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Lawmaker Rejects City Airport Offer

US Airways jets are parked at the terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
Credit Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer aboard NBC Charlotte's AirStar

RALEIGH A leading Republican lawmaker on Tuesday dismissed the city of Charlotte’s latest proposal on the airport, as she and other House members appear poised to give final approval to a bill creating a new authority.

In an impromptu meeting in a legislative hallway, a clearly frustrated Rep. Ruth Samuelson told city lobbyist Dana Fenton the city’s Monday night proposal falls short.

Read more
Local News
4:20 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Airport Authority Measure Ready For Take-Off

Credit Julie Rose

It's back to the runway with imminent take-off for a bill to create a Charlotte Airport Authority. The measure easily cleared a final house committee on Wednesday morning and is poised for full legislative approval.

All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey speaks with WFAE Reporter Julie Rose about the latest version of a bill to place the Charlotte airport under a regional authority.

Read more
Local News
5:07 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Charlotte Says 'No Thanks' To Lawmakers' Airport Compromise

Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey has rejected the latest offer from NC lawmakers over Charlotte airport authority legislation.
Credit Charmeck.org

Charlotte City officials have rejected an offer of compromise from state lawmakers over the future of the Charlotte airport.  As a result, legislators say they'll renew their push to create an airport authority this week.


Read more
Local News
4:41 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Charlotte Airport Bill Grounded

Republican William Brawley (R-Matthews) is working to create a study committee rather than create a regional authority to manage the Charlotte airport.
Credit ncleg.net

A measure to transfer the Charlotte airport into the hands of a regional authority has been grounded in Raleigh.


Read more
Local News
9:23 am
Tue June 4, 2013

New Charlotte Airport Legislation Coming Today

A latest version of a bill to transfer control of the Charlotte airport to a regional authority will be unveiled Tuesday afternoon in Raleigh.

State Representative William Brawley says he's advancing the measure after a two-month hiatus because negotiations with the city of Charlotte have stalled. Brawley says lawmakers – and an independent consultant hired by the city  – have concluded a regional authority is the best way to ensure the airport's future success.  But Charlotte city officials are unwilling to accept that, says Brawley.

Read more
Local News
4:38 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Charlotte Airport Authority Bill Back On Track In Raleigh

Representative William Brawley (R-Matthews) is the House sponsor of a measure to transfer control of the Charlotte Airport to a regional authority.
Credit ncleg.net

State lawmakers say talks with the City of Charlotte have run their course and it's time to move forward with a measure to transition the Charlotte Airport to a regional authority.

Read more

Pages