Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Breaking
2:43 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

New Plan For Charlotte Airport Moving Swiftly In Raleigh

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee says latest airport measure to create a 'commission' is just an 'authority by another name.'
Credit Julie Rose

If you're having trouble keeping up with the status of the Charlotte airport, you're not alone.  Yet another airport bill now making its way through the state legislature in the final hours of the regular session, which is supposed to end at midnight tonight.

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Local News
3:25 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Jerry Orr Used To Doing Things His Way At Charlotte Airport

Charlotte Aviation Director Jerry Orr is known for terse answers to reporter questions.
Julie Rose

One man stands at the center of this swirling controversy over Charlotte's airport. In 25 years, Jerry Orr has built a reputation as one of the nation's best airport directors.

But he also has a reputation for being gruff and abrasive and his clashes with city leaders helped fuel the airport power struggle that has thrust Orr's job into limbo. Love him or hate him, Orr's name is synonymous with Charlotte Douglas International Airport. 

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Local News
5:44 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

City Manager Carlee: Orr's Removal From Airport 'Simply Business'

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee (r) congratulates Brent Cagle, whom he selected as interim aviation director following Jerry Orr's ouster.
Credit Julie Rose

  US Airways called it "disappointing." House Speaker Thom Tillis called it "incredibly irresponsible" and "unwise."  But Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee says his decision to install a new director of the Charlotte Airport was "simply business." 

WFAE's Julie Rose speaks with Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee about his decision to replace long-time aviation director Jerry Orr.

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Breaking
8:29 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Long-time CLT Director Orr Is Out At Airport

Did long-time Charlotte aviation director Jerry Orr quit, or was he fired? Depends on who you ask.
Credit Julie Rose / WFAE News

Only hours after state lawmakers voted to strip the City of Charlotte of the airport on Thursday afternoon, long-time aviation director, Jerry Orr, lost his control, too.

In the last 25 years, Orr’s name has become synonymous with the success of Charlotte airport. But, last night, City Manager Ron Carlee released a statement saying  he’d accepted Orr’s resignation.

Orr's attorney says he was fired. 

WFAE's Julie Rose and Ben Bradford discuss Orr's resignation/firing live on Morning Edition.

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Local News
8:27 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Charlotte Loses Its Airport - Nearly

Charlotte aviation director Jerry Orr would no longer have to ask the city council for permission to act at the airport if the court upholds legislation transferring CLT to a regional authority.
Credit Julie Rose

The city of Charlotte has lost control of its airport – or nearly so. The North Carolina General Assembly passed a measure Thursday officially transferring Charlotte Douglas International into the hands of a regional authority – immediately. 

But just as quickly, the city sued to stop it and was granted a temporary restraining order.

After six months of rancor and a flurry of last minute attempts at compromise, the final legislative vote was kind of anticlimactic: it happened in less than a minute with no discussion or debate.

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Local News
12:31 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Orr Is Out As Aviation Director, At Least For Now

Jerry Orr is out as aviation director of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Whether he was fired or resigned depends on who you talk to.

Orr’s attorney says he was fired.

City Manager Ron Carlee says Orr resigned yesterday in a letter following final passage of legislation that transfers control of the airport from the city to a regional authority.

The legislation names Orr executive director of the Airport Authority, effective immediately. So Orr informed Carlee that his employment with the city was over.

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Developing
1:20 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

McCrory Says Last-Minute Compromise Unlikely For Airport Bill

Governor Pat McCrory told reporters in Charlotte on Thursday morning he didn't think a last-minute compromise would prevent the airport authority legislation from passing.
Credit Julie Rose

Hours before state senators are expected to take a final vote to create a regional authority for the Charlotte airport, Governor Pat McCrory was in Charlotte speaking out on the issue.

As the vote has neared, McCrory began working behind the scenes to broker a compromise between legislators and the city of Charlotte and prevent the lawsuit Charlotte seems bound to file if the bill passes. Another last-minute compromise was in the works this morning, but McCrory said he wasn't sure it would happen because of "timing and other things."

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Developing
1:12 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

House Passes Charlotte Airport Authority Bill

Credit Ken Lund / flickr

It's nearly a done deal. The North Carolina House gave final approval on Tuesday to a measure transferring the Charlotte airport to a regional authority. All that remains is Senate concurrence with changes made to the measure in the House. That could come in the next day or so.

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Charlotte Observer
10:25 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Lawmaker Rejects City Airport Offer

US Airways jets are parked at the terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
Credit Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer aboard NBC Charlotte's AirStar

RALEIGH A leading Republican lawmaker on Tuesday dismissed the city of Charlotte’s latest proposal on the airport, as she and other House members appear poised to give final approval to a bill creating a new authority.

In an impromptu meeting in a legislative hallway, a clearly frustrated Rep. Ruth Samuelson told city lobbyist Dana Fenton the city’s Monday night proposal falls short.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Airport Authority Measure Ready For Take-Off

Credit Julie Rose

It's back to the runway with imminent take-off for a bill to create a Charlotte Airport Authority. The measure easily cleared a final house committee on Wednesday morning and is poised for full legislative approval.

All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey speaks with WFAE Reporter Julie Rose about the latest version of a bill to place the Charlotte airport under a regional authority.

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