Councilman Andy Dulin

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.

Formal debate over the future control of Charlotte's airport begins in earnest Wednesday at a 1 p.m. hearing of the State Senate Finance Committee. Senator Bob Rucho of Matthews co-chairs that committee and is sponsoring the measure. Speaking on WFAE's Charlotte Talks Tuesday, Rucho argued a separate "airport authority" is the best way to keep Charlotte officials from drawing down airport coffers to pay for city services.