Charlotte Douglas International Airport

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.

New Charlotte Airport Legislation Coming Today

Jun 4, 2013

A latest version of a bill to transfer control of the Charlotte airport to a regional authority will be unveiled Tuesday afternoon in Raleigh.

State Representative William Brawley says he's advancing the measure after a two-month hiatus because negotiations with the city of Charlotte have stalled. Brawley says lawmakers – and an independent consultant hired by the city  – have concluded a regional authority is the best way to ensure the airport's future success.  But Charlotte city officials are unwilling to accept that, says Brawley.

Where Is Queen Charlotte? Holding Court In Yard Between Parking Decks

Jun 3, 2013
Diedra Laird / Charlotte Observer

Queen Charlotte isn’t greeting visitors to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport terminal these days. But she’s not hiding – she’s just keeping watch from a new location.

The airport’s iconic statue of the city’s royal namesake has been temporarily relocated. It has been moved from its home of more than 20 years in front of the terminal while the airport undertakes several long-term construction projects.

ncleg.net

State lawmakers say talks with the City of Charlotte have run their course and it's time to move forward with a measure to transition the Charlotte Airport to a regional authority.

  At first blush, there’s a lot about the power struggle over Charlotte’s airport that makes no sense. After all, both sides in the debate agree the airport has done extraordinarily well under the city’s control. So what’s happened?

A mysterious death, for one.

And WFAE has reviewed internal airport documents that cast doubt over much of what we thought we knew about that incident.


Airport Recycling Begins Pay Off

May 3, 2013
Julie Rose

The Charlotte airport made $185,000 recycling trash from travelers and fast food restaurants in the terminal during the last six months. 

That's a fraction of the nearly $2 million it cost to set up the new onsite recycling facility, but Aviation Director Jerry Orr expects the program to break even within five years. He adds that sorting and selling recyclable paper, plastic and aluminum isn't the only financial perk of the program.

Julie Rose

The Charlotte Airport's volunteer advisory committee has turned a new leaf. Their monthly meeting on Thursday featured far more discussion and direct questioning of Aviation Director Jerry Orr.

Julie Rose / WFAE

Is Mayor Foxx headed to Washington as the new Secretary of Transportation? His nomination may mean new leadership for the city. Who might fill his position here and what will Foxx face during his confirmation hearings. A panel of journalists and a political scientist share their thoughts on that and on the possible change in ownership of Douglas airport, Panther stadium funding and more when Charlotte Talks.

Orr Breaks His Silence On Airport Authority

Apr 29, 2013
Julie Rose

  Charlotte Aviation Director Jerry Orr has broken his months-long silence on the subject of creating a regional authority to oversee the airport. 


ncleg.net

The effort to turn the Charlotte airport over to an independent authority has more momentum now that a city-funded study recommends that action. City leaders who commissioned the $150,000 report still urge caution - an idea that elicits laughter from the chief sponsor of legislation to change the airport’s management structure. 


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