Charlotte Douglas International Airport

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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. 


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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

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.


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Local News
5:07 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Charlotte Says 'No Thanks' To Lawmakers' Airport Compromise

Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey has rejected the latest offer from NC lawmakers over Charlotte airport authority legislation.
Credit Charmeck.org

Charlotte City officials have rejected an offer of compromise from state lawmakers over the future of the Charlotte airport.  As a result, legislators say they'll renew their push to create an airport authority this week.


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Local News
4:41 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Charlotte Airport Bill Grounded

Republican William Brawley (R-Matthews) is working to create a study committee rather than create a regional authority to manage the Charlotte airport.
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A measure to transfer the Charlotte airport into the hands of a regional authority has been grounded in Raleigh.


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Local News
4:27 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Lawmaker: Pass Charlotte Airport Bill Now, Work Out Details Later

Charlotte Douglas International Airport has been owned and operated by the city of Charlotte for nearly 80 years. Soon the airport could be governed by a regional authority, instead.
Credit Julie Rose

  State Representative William Brawley has declared negotiations with the city of Charlotte at "an impasse" over who will control the airport. On Tuesday, Brawley brought a revised version of his bill to create a regional authority for the Charlotte airport to the House Transportation Committee. It passed. 

"Just hold on and let's study this thing some more," has been the plea of Charlotte city leaders eager to retain control of the airport. But according to Matthews Republican William Brawley, state lawmakers and the city can't even agree on how that study would happen.

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