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5:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Gov McCrory Keeps Arms-Length From Charlotte Airport, Panthers Stadium Debates

Governor Pat McCrory is keeping his distance from the high-stakes battles Charlotte is engaged in over the future of the Airport and Bank of America Stadium.

Charlotte City leaders are engaged in high-stakes battles in Raleigh over the future of the Panthers and the airport.  But Governor Pat McCrory – who was the city's longest-serving mayor – has said very little about either issue. 

The airport is one of Charlotte's most important assets in attracting new companies and jobs. Governor Pat McCrory says when he was just "Mayor Pat" he supported having the airport as a city department. So why is he not going to bat for the city as a bill speeds through the legislature that would put the airport in control of a regional authority?

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4:30 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Plan For Charlotte Airport Authority Moves Forward

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A bill to hand control of the Charlotte Airport over to a regional authority passed the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday and now heads to the full Senate for approval. The move comes over the objection of Charlotte city leaders and several Mecklenburg County lawmakers. 

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Local News
5:04 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

The Mayor Said What About The Airport? Not What Rucho Says

State Senator Bob Rucho (R-Matthews, Mecklenburg County)
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Formal debate over the future control of Charlotte's airport begins in earnest Wednesday at a 1 p.m. hearing of the State Senate Finance Committee. Senator Bob Rucho of Matthews co-chairs that committee and is sponsoring the measure. Speaking on WFAE's Charlotte Talks Tuesday, Rucho argued a separate "airport authority" is the best way to keep Charlotte officials from drawing down airport coffers to pay for city services.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Airline Merger And Possible Airport Authority Changes

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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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Local News
4:32 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

A Cautionary Airport Tale For Charlotte As US Airways/American Merge

A statue of Queen Charlotte, for whom the city was named, greets travelers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
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  Thursday's official news of a merger between US Airways and American Airlines brought a sigh of relief to Charlotte, which seems poised to maintain its prominence as a major hub. But WFAE's Julie Rose reports there's reason for some caution amid the optimism.

Adie Tomer of the Brookings Institution has one word for Charlotte – Cincinnati. It was a major hub for Delta back in 2008 when the airline merged with Northwest. Everyone was breathing a sigh of relief there, too, says Tomer.

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Local News
4:33 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Aviation Director Mum As Tussle Over Charlotte Airport Intensifies

Charlotte Aviation Director Jerry Orr (l) and Airport Advisory Committee Chairman Shawn Dorsch at a meeting on 2/7/13.
Credit Julie Rose

A power struggle is afoot over Charlotte's airport. The city council has long overseen it, but soon Republican lawmakers from Mecklenburg County will introduce a measure that would strip control of the airport from city hands. The plan has sparked anxiety and accusations as WFAE's Julie Rose explains.

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Local News
9:37 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Charlotte Airport Leads Nation In Expedited TSA Screening

TSA Administrator John Pistole in Charlotte on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.
Credit Julie Rose

The Transportation Security Administration has long been criticized for reacting to threats, rather than proactively preventing them: Someone tries sneak a liquid bomb onto a plane, so TSA limits the amount of liquid travelers can carry on.  A guy disguises a bomb in his underwear so TSA installs bodyscanners at airports.  But yesterday, the head of TSA was in Charlotte pitching a more targeted approach to airport screening. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

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Local News
4:08 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Guns At Airports Hit New High In 2012

A sampling of guns seized at U.S. airport security checkpoints between Dec. 21-28, 2012.
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2012 was a banner year for guns in U.S. airports. The Transportation Security Administration seized more than 1,500 firearms at security checkpoints last year. That's up 14 percent over the previous year. 

Atlanta led the list with 115 firearms seized at security checkpoints in 2012, according to preliminary TSA numbers.  That makes some sense, since Atlanta is the busiest airport in the country. 

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Local News
3:06 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

New Airport Parking Garage To Pose Short-Term Problems For Passengers

A $120 million, 7-story parking structure is underway to replace the current hourly parking decks at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. In the coming weeks, the existing parking decks will be demolished.
Charlotte Airport

Demolition will begin in the next two weeks on hourly parking decks at the Charlotte Airport to make way for a new seven-story parking tower. Aviation Director Jerry Orr says parkers will soon need to give themselves extra time getting to the terminal.

"For close to a year starting in the spring there will be no walking access to parking," says Orr.

He says the airport has plenty of shuttle buses to handle the extra passengers, but will increase the frequency of bus trips. 

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Local News
4:59 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

CLT To Lose Some ATL Service When Southwest Comes

The much-anticipated arrival of Southwest Airlines at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport will not bring more flights or cheaper fares, says Aviation Director Jerry Orr.


Southwest will fly six flights a day from Charlotte beginning next April. But AirTran - which Southwest is replacing -  flew seven flights daily, including three to Atlanta. Southwest will fly to Baltimore, Chicago, Houston and Orlando, but not Atlanta. 

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