Jerry Orr

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The State of North Carolina faced off against the City of Charlotte in court today, once again, about who should control Charlotte-Douglas airport. A decision in the more-than-a-year-long case is imminent.

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Charlotte-Douglas airport’s calling card has long been low cost for airlines. CLT is the cheapest of the nation’s 25 largest airports for airlines to drop or collect passengers.  The airport moves more passengers using less space than any other, and employs less than half the average number of employees. But, according to reports released today, that thriftiness is creating its own costs: mishandled contracts and payments from a lack of oversight.

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The city’s long-time, recently-ousted aviation director, Jerry Orr, is relinquishing all authority over Charlotte Douglas airport. Orr announced last night he is retiring as executive director of the Charlotte Airport Commission, to help extinguish the lengthy legal battle between city and state lawmakers over who will control Charlotte’s airport.

The usual holiday bustle is picking up at Charlotte Douglas, but behind the scenes a power struggle between city and state lawmakers continues. A commission created by the state to run the airport meets for the second time tonight. It can’t do much yet, except self-destruct.

A judge has kept Charlotte Douglas in the hands of the city council and away from the commission, while a lawsuit makes its way through court.

City Says Airport Books Inaccurate, Incomplete

Oct 8, 2013
Julie Rose

An audit by the city of Charlotte has turned up a number of missing, incomplete or inaccurate documents on the airport's books that may pose a problem for federal aviation authorities. The findings are part of a series of ongoing audits into airport operations spurred by the city's fight to keep control of Charlotte Douglas International.

Julie Rose

Federal regulators are refusing to deal directly with former Charlotte airport director Jerry Orr and the commission state lawmakers appointed him to lead. That's according to the commission's attorney, Richard Vinroot, who says the FAA has also made clear that its decision regarding the airport's governance will not be "expedited." 

Julie Rose

 It's up the Federal Aviation Administration to make the next move in the ongoing struggle for control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Julie Rose

An attorney for backers of a regional commission to run Charlotte Douglas International Airport says the city's legal arguments against a transfer are "utterly baseless," because there is no transfer. Rather, Richard Vinroot says airport would remain the city's property and the new commission to operate it would be an agency of the city.

Status Of Orr, Airport Still Uncertain

Jul 26, 2013
Julie Rose


In the final hours of the legislative session Friday morning, state lawmakers passed yet another bill to change control of the Charlotte airport and reinstate ousted aviation director Jerry Orr. 

Here's a quick rundown on the status of the airport:

Who's in charge at the airport right now? 

N.C. Legislators Give Final OK To Charlotte Airport Bill

Jul 26, 2013
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RALEIGH The North Carolina legislature, plowing into the wee hours and past the objections of Democrats, gave final approval early Friday to a measure creating a Charlotte airport commission.