Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Local News
4:10 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

City Cancels Airport Solar Farm

Charlotte-Douglas officials found installing solar panels in parking lots--like these used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service--could jeopardize tax-exempt bonds.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Flickr

The City of Charlotte has canceled its plan for an ambitious solar power project at Charlotte-Douglas airport, at least for now. Airport officials say new construction and old bonds make the project unfeasible.


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Local News
6:36 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Ride-Sharing App Lyft Expands Service Area To Include Airport Pickups

A Charlotte Lyft car with its signature fluffy pink mustache.
Credit Julie Rose

You may be seeing more cars with those fuzzy pink mustaches attached to their grilles in the coming weeks. The app-based ride sharing service Lyft has expanded its coverage area in Charlotte to include most of the metro area, including Charlotte-Douglas airport. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports it’s the first major ride-sharing service to start picking up passengers at the airport.


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Local News
5:06 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Winter Storm Clogs Traffic, Causes Some Power Outages In Charlotte Area

Snow and ice are ensnarling traffic, cancelling flights and causing some power outages in the Charlotte area.

John Tomko is a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in South Carolina.

“Before this all wraps up tomorrow at lunchtime, storm total snow around seven inches in the Charlotte area," he said, "a little higher to the north and west.”

WFAE's Michael Tomsic has this update on the conditions:

Let's start with traffic – what are the roads like?

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Local News
4:29 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

CLT Airport Parking Rates Going Up

The cost for you to park at the Charlotte airport is going up.  


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Local News
12:50 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Jerry Orr To Retire, Calls For End To Charlotte Airport Battle

Jerry Orr
Credit Julie Rose / WFAE News

The city’s long-time, recently-ousted aviation director, Jerry Orr, is relinquishing all authority over Charlotte Douglas airport. Orr announced last night he is retiring as executive director of the Charlotte Airport Commission, to help extinguish the lengthy legal battle between city and state lawmakers over who will control Charlotte’s airport.


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Local News
5:37 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Airport Commission To Discuss Orr's Role

The usual holiday bustle is picking up at Charlotte Douglas, but behind the scenes a power struggle between city and state lawmakers continues. A commission created by the state to run the airport meets for the second time tonight. It can’t do much yet, except self-destruct.

A judge has kept Charlotte Douglas in the hands of the city council and away from the commission, while a lawsuit makes its way through court.

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Local News
2:11 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

City's New $100 Million Shipping Facility "Soft Launches"

A more than $100 million project to speed shipments from Charlotte to East Coast sea ports has begun operation. The intermodal facility is an “inland port” that allows transfer of shipments between bus, train, and airplane. The 200-acre site at the airport is still under construction, but Charlotte aviation director Brent Cagle says it sent out its first shipment Monday by train.

“That’s a soft opening,” Cagle says. “They will continue to increase operations at the facility over the next four months until the facility is at full operations.”

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Local News
5:16 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Airline Merger Creates Few Immediate Changes At CLT

Airline spokesmen say it will be well over a year before US Airways planes receive the new American Airlines logo (pictured).
Credit Mark Harkin / Flickr

US Airways and American Airlines officially merged Monday to create the world’s largest airline. Charlotte’s airport, a current US Airways hub, will become the second-busiest in the new airline’s network but customers and employees are not expected to see immediate changes.


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Local News
1:01 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

McCrory Backs Council In Airport Fight, Says Time To 'Move On' From Jerry Orr

Governor Pat McCrory

Governor Pat McCrory said Monday he supports the Charlotte City Council position in the fight with state lawmakers over control of Charlotte Douglas Airport—including the city’s removal of former aviation director Jerry Orr from his long-time post. Until now, McCrory has shied away from taking a public stance on the issue.

At the end of an hour-long interview on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks, host Mike Collins asked McCrory the question.

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Science & Environment
7:33 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

City Aims To Make Charlotte Airport A Big Player In Solar Energy Production

The city's largest solar project to date, 250 kW, rests on top of the CLT Center.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

When you look out the airplane window as you fly into Charlotte, the trees thin, the Uptown skyline rises into view, and the buildings of West Charlotte grow larger, as your plane drops altitude. The City of Charlotte hopes to add solar panels glinting across the airport’s parking lots and in-between the runways to that view. The city is soliciting bids for an ambitious solar project at the airport.

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