Charlotte Douglas International Airport

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).
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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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Local News
10:31 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Charlotte Airport To Remain Major Hub For New American Airlines

Charlotte Douglas International Airport
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Charlotte's airport will remain a major hub for U.S. Airways for at least three years after the company merges with American Airlines. That's part of a settlement the airlines reached with the Justice Department and state attorneys general today, which had sued to block the merger.


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Local News
11:55 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

TSA Shifts Exit Lane Security To Airport

Charlotte Airport officials say it will cost $410,000 to plug a gap left by TSA, which has decided to no longer staff airport exit lanes.
Credit Julie Rose

The Transportation Security Administration says it will no longer staff passenger exits at Charlotte Douglas International Airport come January. 

To plug the security gap, interim aviation director Brent Cagle says Charlotte will spend close to half a million dollars paying contract workers from the private firm G4S to man the exits for nine months. During that time, Charlotte officials will explore permanent options – including the possibility of technology to secure the exits. 

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Local News
7:22 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Airport Commission Questions Existence, Considers Firing Orr In First Meeting

Charlotte city manager Ron Carlee (right) addresses the Charlotte Airport Commission, including lawyers Martin Brackett and Richard Vinroot (at end of table), and executive director Jerry Orr. City officials have sued the commission, are facing Vinroot and Brackett in court, and ousted Orr from his previous post as Charlotte aviation director. City lawmakers also appointed most of the commission.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

The Charlotte airport commission—which the city wants to disband—met for the first time last night, in the city council's own quarters. Commissioners met to figure out what, if any, role they have while a court battle stalls their takeover of Charlotte Douglas Airport.  After four hours of deliberation, the 13-member commission decided to put its lawyers on a short leash, but stopped short of firing their executive director.


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Local News
1:17 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

US Airways Says 'Yes' To iPads, Phones, E-Readers Inflight

Portable electronic devices can now be used throughout flights on US Airways.
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Go ahead and keep that tablet or e-reader on during your next US Airways flight.

Beginning today, the airline that operates more than 90 percent of flights out of Charlotte Douglas International will allow use of portable electronic devices from start to finish on flights.  Cell phone calls will not be allowed in flight, but customers will no longer be chided by flight attendants to turn off and stow small devices.  Anything weighing over two pounds will still need to go overhead or under the seat during takeoff and landing. 

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Local News
4:51 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Court Punts Charlotte Airport Decision Back To Feds

Charlotte Douglas International Airport remains under city control until the FAA decides otherwise.
Credit Julie Rose

  Still more punting going on in the fight for control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport: A Superior Court judge today refused to weigh-in on questions posed by federal regulators about the nature of the commission lawmakers created to run the airport. 

As Judge Robert Ervin put it in court today: Why does the Federal Aviation Administration care what "some fool judge" thinks? "Because there's nothing to keep the FAA from looking at any declaration this court makes and saying, 'So what?'"  

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Local News
8:56 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Judge To Hear More Airport Arguments Friday

"The nature of the beast" is the question for Judge Robert Ervin, who will hear arguments about Charlotte Douglas International Airport Friday in a Mecklenburg County courtroom.


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Local News
3:46 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

U.S. Airways Reports Earnings, Still Pushing For Merger

Charlotte’s largest airline has reported lower net income for the third quarter compared to the same period a year ago.  U.S. Airways says it made $216 million in the quarter.  That’s down from $245 million last year.    But the airline says it made a record pre-tax profit of nearly $370 million this quarter.    Speaking during a conference call with analysts Wednesday, U.S. Airways president Scott Kirby was asked if the strong earnings undercuts the pending merger with American Airlines, which last week also reported record profits.   

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