Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Julie Rose

Amid an FBI investigation, a city ordered review and claims that corruption was at the heart of the original process, the Charlotte airport is re-opening its controversial taxi contract.

Julie Rose

With Charlotte’s airport being a major hub for US Airways, passengers from across the country often save money by booking flights which stop in our city before reaching their final destination. But a new study shows those savings aren’t shared by those of us who call Charlotte home.

Julie Rose

The FBI has expanded its investigation of corruption in Charlotte. Agents are now looking into allegations of a pay-to-play scheme involving Taxi companies and the airport.

Summer Brings Fewer Parking Spaces At CLT Airport

May 22, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

If you’re flying out of Charlotte Douglas International – the airport is advising passengers to arrive early this Memorial Day weekend …. actually, for the whole summer.

That's because parking spaces are hard to find. The airport has demolished one parking deck to build a larger one.

Cindy Crissman is frustrated. 

"There's no parking. It's all limited," Crissman says. "When I've been down before, all – even long-term lots were full." 

But she's not looking for parking.  She drove down from Lexington three weeks ago to drop her friend off at the airport.

Julie Rose

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is switching to a new valet parking company,one month earlier than originally planned.

Tasnim Shamma

International passengers going through Charlotte Douglas International Airport should now spend less time in line. 

The airport installed 24 new automated passport control kiosks last week. It's expected to reduce wait times by half, from 25 minutes to just under 10 minutes.

Julie Rose

The head of Charlotte Douglas International Airport says he will take an extra 30 days to decide the fate of the airport’s taxi contract.  That contract is up for renewal. But allegations of corruption has led Interim Aviation Director Brent Cagle to look at what legal options he has in seeking a new deal. He made the announcement last night, while airport staff briefed the city council on the process that lead to the contract in the first place.  It was a briefing with some holes.

Charlotte Douglas Doesn't Want Coal Ash Under Runway

May 9, 2014
Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Douglas International Airport doesn’t want coal ash from a Duke Energy power plant buried under a planned new runway or other airport infrastructure, dealing a potential blow to a proposal that would move millions of tons of ash from Mountain Island Lake to the airport.

Interim Aviation Director Brent Cagle said there’s uncertainty about how coal ash would work as a fill material under a runway, where it could be subjected to the pounding of hundreds of jets a day at Charlotte Douglas, the sixth-busiest airport in the world.

Courtesy of Charlotte Aviation Department

Officials at Charlotte Douglas International are examining if they should continue to allow just three taxi companies sole rights to pick up passengers at the airport. This after renewed charges a pay-to-play scheme determined those slots. But the airport may have no choice but to extend the controversial contract.

Charlotte Observer

There’s a phrase that now hovers over the Charlotte city government:

Pay-to-play. An arrangement where political influence is for sale. Mohamed Moustafa says he was offered the chance at pay-to-play.

"The way they did this process was 100 percent pay to play scheme."

What’s interesting about his quote is it’s from July of 2011 - 2.5 years before Patrick Cannon was arrested and resigned. That was Moustafa then. This is him now:

"What I said then in 2011, it is proved itself now in 2014. It is proved."