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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.

Rob McKenzie

As the peak summer travel season approaches, Charlotte Aviation Director Brent Cagle is worried about long security lines. He says spring break was a horrible experience for many passengers.

"We had customers who reported waiting in line for up to 3 hours,” Cagle says.  “We also had security check point lines that snaked literally from the second floor ticketing level down into baggage they were so long."

A woman was booted from a Donald Trump rally in Rock Hill Friday night, after she staged a silent protest and was heckled by Trump supporters. Meanwhile, an off-duty CMPD officer is facing a DWI charge after he was stopped in his own car Saturday. And changes are coming at Charlotte Douglas airport: New technology to save time and fuel is being introduced. And the NCDOT is asking travelers to use the Little Rock Road exit from I-85 to reach the new airport access road. Read on for our Sunday headlines.

Duncan McFadyen

New air traffic control technology at Charlotte Douglas International Airport should help reduce the time spent on planes, if all goes according to plan.

US Airways

Friday at 12:05 p.m., a flight from Philadelphia will land at Charlotte Douglas Airport. This is not normally news, or history. But this flight will be both.

If you happen to be in the terminal around that scheduled landing time make sure to stop by gate D-13 and look for US Airways flight 1939. It will be on the ground for two hours and then it’s off to Phoenix. When it takes off it will mark the end of an airline.

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Charlotte Douglas International Airport has found itself in the news recently…albeit through no fault of its own. All because one man was allegedly willing to do just about anything to avoid catching a connecting flight in our (mostly) beloved airport.  This led to the firing Tuesday of United Airlines CEO and a question about Charlotte, are we a flyover airport? Here’s WFAE’s Tom Bullock to explore that thought.

Roger Sarow / WFAE

Dozens of flights were canceled yesterday at North Carolina’s major airports as a computer problem snarled air traffic along the East Coast.  At least 150 departures were affected at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, while 22 flights were canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration said late Saturday afternoon that the computer problem had been resolved and flights were returning to normal. 

Julie Rose

Three years ago, Charlotte-Douglas Airport officials celebrated the opening of a new trash sorting facility. The goal was to turn a profit on recyclables within five years. It’s not turning out that way.


Lucy Perkins / WFAE

A new team of volunteers is hounding travelers at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. A group of eight dogs and their handlers are on patrol, ready to be petted and cuddled by travelers. 

These dogs aren’t here for security reasons, they’re here to help travelers relax.

A Labradoodle named Tucker belongs to Tami Piper. She keeps him on a leash at one end of the airport lobby.  A group of eight dogs and their handlers are wearing vests that say ‘pet me.’

Tucker gets the attention of a few people walking by who aren’t rushing to catch a flight. 

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Monday, Charlotte Douglas International airport dedicated a new rental car facility and the new hourly parking deck. It marks the end of an eight-year, $1.5 billion construction and expansion project.

How did they celebrate? By announcing a new 10 year, $2.5 billion dollar expansion.

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