Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte Observer
10:29 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Charlotte Airport Looks To Buy Neighborhood's Land

An airplane is seen from Snow Ridge Lane, off of Steele Creek Road, as it departs to the south Tuesday afternoon, April 2.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

  The neighborhood of cul-de-sacs in southwest Mecklenburg County would be quiet and secluded, with its woods and small lakes – except for the roar of passenger jets taking off and landing every minute or two for most of the day.

That noise, which has increased since the airport’s newest runway opened in 2010, is why many residents support Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s plan to buy 370 acres in the neighborhood, which has about 100 homes.

The estimated price tag: $35 million, most of which will be eligible for federal reimbursement.

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Local News
4:01 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

House Lawmaker Pledges To Go Slow On Airport Authority Bill

NC Representative Bill Brawley
Credit Julie Rose

The drive to turn Charlotte Douglas International Airport over to a regional governing authority has shifted out of the fast lane.

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Local News
5:17 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Lots Of Fiction Going Around In Charlotte Airport Debate

Many of city's claims are "bluster" regarding Charlotte Airport debt that is paying for a new parking deck, among other improvements.
Credit Julie Rose

 The City of Charlotte is scrambling to keep its grasp on Charlotte Douglas International Airport as a group of state lawmakers and influential local figures move to create a regional authority that would oversee the airport. The city's latest tactic involves sending regular emails to the media to set the record straight on various claims made by airport authority backers. But sometimes even the fact check needs a fact check. 

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Local News
9:27 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Counties Poised To Weigh-In On Charlotte Airport Controversy

Senate Bill 81 would transfer control of the Charlotte Airport to a regional board, including appointees of five counties that border Mecklenburg. Two of them - Gaston and Union Counties - are considering resolutions of support for the legislation.
Credit Julie Rose

The five counties bordering Mecklenburg would suddenly have a voice in Charlotte Airport management if Senate Bill 81 passes. That's the measure sponsored by Matthews Senator Bob Rucho to pry the airport from Charlotte's grasp and place it in the hands of a 13-member regional board.

To date, none of the counties included on that board have taken a clear stance on the move, but that may soon change.

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Local News
12:58 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

NC Treasurer Urges Caution On Airport Authority Bill

a US Airways jet lands at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
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"Proceed cautiously" is the North Carolina treasurer's advice to lawmakers trying to place control of the Charlotte airport in the hands of a regional authority.

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Local News
9:31 am
Fri March 22, 2013

US Airways CEO: 'We're Very Concerned' About Charlotte Airport

US Airways CEO Doug Parker speaking to media at the airline's training center in Charlotte on Thursday morning.
Credit Julie Rose

"Agnostic" is how one US Airways executive described the company's stance on whether the Charlotte airport should be overseen by the city or placed in the hands of a regional authority.  US Airways CEO Doug Parker carried that same tune while in town Thursday, but also made it clear the airline doesn't want a backseat entirely. 

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Local News
1:35 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

US Airways CEO Comes To Charlotte To 'Celebrate' Merger

US Airways CEO Doug Parker visited the airline's training facility in Charlotte on Thursday, March 21, 2013 to tout a proposed merger with American Airlines.
Credit Julie Rose

On Thursday, US Airways CEO Doug Parker paid his first visit to Charlotte since the company announced plans to merge with American Airlines. 

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Local News
4:51 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

US Airways, American Merger: A Monopoly Or Not?

US Airways CEO Doug Parker will be in Charlotte this week touting a proposed merger with American Airlines. He'll meet with US Airways employees and members of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

The CEOs of American Airlines and US Airways defended their proposed merger Tuesday before a congressional anti-trust panel. Framing the creation of the world's largest airline as anything other than a monopolistic move requires careful wordsmithing.

To follow the argument from American Airlines CEO Tom Horton, you need to put aside conventional wisdom that having fewer companies in a marketplace leads to anti-competitive behavior.   

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

News Roundtable: North Carolina Politics

North Carolina State Legislative Building
Credit NC General Assembly

The Republican-run General Assembly has been busy in North Carolina. Less than half-way through the six month session and we've no shortage of controversial topics to tackle. Voter ID laws and tax reform are biggies. Then there's the frost relationship between Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and his predecessor who's now in the Governor's Mansion. Charlotte finds itself scraping for state support to renovate Bank of America Stadium and prevent a takeover of the city-owned airport. We take it all in with a panel of political experts, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
3:18 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Security Shift Feeds Tension Between City/Airport

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The current debate over creating a regional authority to oversee the Charlotte airport has made for frosty relations between city officials, who oppose the move,  and Aviation Director Jerry Orr, who is for it.

But internal emails show things have been tense for some time. WFAE's Julie Rose has gone through some 400 pages of emails and documents related to the city manager's decision last year to put CMPD in charge of airport security. She spoke with Morning Edition Host Duncan McFadyen:

MCFADYEN: How was security (at the airport) being handled before that decision?

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