Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Local News
5:08 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

FAA Furloughs Mean 'Sporadic' Delays At CLT

A control tower at an American airport.
Credit Flickr/Glenn Beltz

Passengers at the Charlotte airport can expect short delays to be an ongoing but somewhat random problem. Delays have increased since the Federal Aviation Administration started furloughing workers Sunday because of the sequester.


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Local News
9:32 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Foxx Boots Dorsch From Airport Advisory Committee

Carolinas Aviation Museum President Shawn Dorsch was removed from his position as chairman of the Airport Advisory Council on Tuesday.
Credit Julie Rose

 

The chairman of the Charlotte Airport Advisory Committee has been ousted on the recommendation of the majority of the 11-member board. 

Shawn Dorsch was grilled by the city council for 90 minutes Monday night about his behind-the-scenes role in supporting a legislative push to strip the airport from the city’s control.  

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Local News
9:25 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Council Grills Airport Advisory Chairman; Dorsch Stonewalls

Airport Advisory Committee Chairman Shawn Dorsch waits to be grilled by the Charlotte City Council on Monday night.
Credit Julie Rose

Charlotte Airport Advisory Committee Chairman Shawn Dorsch took 90 minutes of questions and sharp criticism from the city council Monday, but declined to answer most queries regarding his role in the controversy over control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.  


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Local News
9:23 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Citizens Cite City's Role In Airport Success; Director Orr Disagrees

A city consultant and members of the Airport Governance Study Oversight Committee took public comment on the issue Wednesday night.
Credit Julie Rose

  "Don't fix what's not broken," was the theme of a small public hearing held last night by the consultant hired to delve into the ongoing struggle over control of the Charlotte airport. But Aviation Director Jerry Orr didn't quite agree with the views expressed at the meeting.


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Local News
9:57 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Public Hearing Tonight On Charlotte Airport

Some 40 people with inside knowledge of the Charlotte airport and the effort to strip it from city control have been interviewed at length by a consultant hired to review the issue. Now, that consultant – Bob Hazel – wants your opinion.

The public is invited to weigh-in during a hearing at 7 p.m. tonight at city hall. Hazel plans to provide a brief overview of the $150,000 study the city is paying him to do, but says his goal at the hearing is just to listen.

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Local News
9:26 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Council Threatens To Remove Airport Advisory Chairman; Dulin Calls Him A 'Chump'

Airport Advisory Committee Chairman Shawn Dorsch (r) is under scrutiny from Charlotte City Council members for advocating in support of a legislative effort to transfer airport control to a regional authority.
Credit Julie Rose

 The Charlotte City Council is threatening to remove the chairman of its Airport Advisory Committee for encouraging lawmakers and commissioners in surrounding counties to support a measure that would strip the airport from the city's control. 

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Local News
7:44 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Airport Board OKs $35 Million Fund To Buy Neighborhood

The area in lime green is the neighborhood the Charlotte airport plans to buy out.
Credit CLT

The Charlotte airport plans to buy out a neighborhood less than a mile south of its newest runway. There are almost 70 homes there, and the airport advisory committee agreed Thursday to budget $35 million to buy those properties.


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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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