Charlotte Douglas International Airport

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9:25 am
Tue October 8, 2013

City Says Airport Books Inaccurate, Incomplete

Former aviation director Jerry Orr (r) and his attorney Richard Vinroot respond to a city audit that alleges 'inaccuracies' in airport documents.
Credit Julie Rose

An audit by the city of Charlotte has turned up a number of missing, incomplete or inaccurate documents on the airport's books that may pose a problem for federal aviation authorities. The findings are part of a series of ongoing audits into airport operations spurred by the city's fight to keep control of Charlotte Douglas International.


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11:51 am
Thu September 26, 2013

FAA Says CLT Stays With City Until Lawsuit Is Resolved

Charlotte City Attorney Bob Hagemann talks to reporters about the FAA's decision on Thursday.
Credit Julie Rose

Both sides of the Charlotte airport power struggle are cheering a move by the FAA to essentially punt the issue back to the courts. That means, for now, the airport stays under the city's control.

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10:13 am
Tue September 24, 2013

City Council Opposes CLT Commission, Appoints Members Anyway

Four Charlotte residents have been appointed by the city council to serve on a commission formed to govern Charlotte Douglas International Airport. However, Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon was clear the council only made its appointments to "fulfill the letter of the law" which includes an October 1 deadline for appointing commission members.

In reality, the city hopes the commission will never have a role at the airport.

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5:34 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Charlotte Airport Battle Drags On As FAA Deliberates

Former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot is the attorney representing former airport director Jerry Orr and the embattled commission created by state lawmakers to run the airport.
Credit Julie Rose

Federal regulators are refusing to deal directly with former Charlotte airport director Jerry Orr and the commission state lawmakers appointed him to lead. That's according to the commission's attorney, Richard Vinroot, who says the FAA has also made clear that its decision regarding the airport's governance will not be "expedited." 


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9:25 am
Tue August 27, 2013

CLT Runway Changes Prompt Noise Complaints, Higher Costs

A federal decision to limit take-off and landing on one of Charlotte Douglas International's four runways has caused a sudden decrease in the airport's capacity and a spike in noise complaints from neighborhoods to the north.  The change may also accelerate plans for a new runway.


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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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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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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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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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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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