Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Local News
9:33 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Cab Industry Shrinks Following Airport Taxi Changes

Since 2010, only three cab companies - Yellow, Crown and City Cab - have been allowed to wait at the airport curb for customers. Most other taxi companies in Charlotte are struggling to survive.
Julie Rose

In the two years since the Charlotte airport overhauled its taxi operations and kicked all but three companies off its curb, the city's cab industry has been transformed.

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Local News
9:45 am
Sun August 4, 2013

Civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers dies at 76

Charlotte civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers has died at age 76. Chambers' law firm said he died Friday after months of declining health. In 1964, Chambers opened a law practice that became the state's first integrated law firm. He and his partners won cases that shaped civil rights law, including the Swann versus Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education case on school busing.    Chambers argued eight cases before the US Supreme Court, winning all.

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Local News
2:53 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Judge: CLT Airport Stays With City Until FAA Says Otherwise

Former Charlotte airport director Jerry Orr and attorney Richard Vinroot respond to the court ruling.
Credit Julie Rose

 It's up the Federal Aviation Administration to make the next move in the ongoing struggle for control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.


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Local News
4:53 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Airport Commission Attorney: City's Arguments 'Utterly Baseless'

Attorney Richard Vinroot responds to media questions on behalf of Jerry Orr and the airport commission created by SB 380.
Credit Julie Rose

An attorney for backers of a regional commission to run Charlotte Douglas International Airport says the city's legal arguments against a transfer are "utterly baseless," because there is no transfer. Rather, Richard Vinroot says airport would remain the city's property and the new commission to operate it would be an agency of the city.

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Local News
2:17 am
Tue July 30, 2013

FAA Has 'Concerns' About Airport Commission Bill

Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey and city attorney Bob Hagemann briefly address the media after a closed session Monday night to discuss airport-related legal action.
Credit Julie Rose

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has "several concerns" about recently-passed legislation to place Charlotte airport operations under the control of a regional commission.

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Local News
10:45 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Status Of Orr, Airport Still Uncertain

Former Charlotte Aviation Director Jerry Orr (l) held a press conference Friday afternoon with his attorney Richard Vinroot (r).
Julie Rose

UPDATED STORY

In the final hours of the legislative session Friday morning, state lawmakers passed yet another bill to change control of the Charlotte airport and reinstate ousted aviation director Jerry Orr. 

Here's a quick rundown on the status of the airport:

Who's in charge at the airport right now? 

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Charlotte Observer
10:26 am
Fri July 26, 2013

N.C. Legislators Give Final OK To Charlotte Airport Bill

Charlotte Douglas Airport. File photo.
Credit Nicola since 1972 / Flickr

RALEIGH The North Carolina legislature, plowing into the wee hours and past the objections of Democrats, gave final approval early Friday to a measure creating a Charlotte airport commission.

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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." 


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