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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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9:32 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Airport Authority Bill Moves Forward

A bill to place the Charlotte Airport under control of a regional authority surmounted a major hurdle Tuesday afternoon - state senators voted 33 to 16 in its favor. WFAE's Julie Rose spoke with All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey about the progress of the measure.

RUMSEY: Julie, this bill is moving fairly quickly – despite pleas from Charlotte's mayor, city council and even Governor McCrory himself to slow down. What's driving this?

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5:29 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Airport Advisory Committee In The Dark About 'Authority' Debate

The Airport Advisory Committee at its monthly meeting, February 2013.
Credit Julie Rose

A bill to place the Charlotte Airport under the control of a regional authority – rather than the city of Charlotte – has been delayed another week so lawmakers can gather more information on its potential impact. On Tuesday, the airport's own advisory committee acknowledged it, too, is in the dark about what such a change might mean. 

Once a month 11 volunteers appointed by the mayor and city council meet to basically rubber stamp Aviation Director Jerry Orr's spending plans. Orr's real bosses are the city manager and council.

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4:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

The Philosophy Behind Charlotte Airport's Success

US Airways operates nearly 90 percent of the daily flights at CLT.
Julie Rose

One claim keeps coming up in the debate over transferring control of the Charlotte airport to a regional authority and the speculation over what a merger between American and US Airways will mean for Charlotte.  That claim is that Charlotte is the cheapest place for airlines to do business. WFAE wondered whether that's true and why it matters.

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4:32 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

A Cautionary Airport Tale For Charlotte As US Airways/American Merge

A statue of Queen Charlotte, for whom the city was named, greets travelers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
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  Thursday's official news of a merger between US Airways and American Airlines brought a sigh of relief to Charlotte, which seems poised to maintain its prominence as a major hub. But WFAE's Julie Rose reports there's reason for some caution amid the optimism.

Adie Tomer of the Brookings Institution has one word for Charlotte – Cincinnati. It was a major hub for Delta back in 2008 when the airline merged with Northwest. Everyone was breathing a sigh of relief there, too, says Tomer.

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4:33 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Aviation Director Mum As Tussle Over Charlotte Airport Intensifies

Charlotte Aviation Director Jerry Orr (l) and Airport Advisory Committee Chairman Shawn Dorsch at a meeting on 2/7/13.
Credit Julie Rose

A power struggle is afoot over Charlotte's airport. The city council has long overseen it, but soon Republican lawmakers from Mecklenburg County will introduce a measure that would strip control of the airport from city hands. The plan has sparked anxiety and accusations as WFAE's Julie Rose explains.

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4:08 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Guns At Airports Hit New High In 2012

A sampling of guns seized at U.S. airport security checkpoints between Dec. 21-28, 2012.
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2012 was a banner year for guns in U.S. airports. The Transportation Security Administration seized more than 1,500 firearms at security checkpoints last year. That's up 14 percent over the previous year. 

Atlanta led the list with 115 firearms seized at security checkpoints in 2012, according to preliminary TSA numbers.  That makes some sense, since Atlanta is the busiest airport in the country. 

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3:06 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

New Airport Parking Garage To Pose Short-Term Problems For Passengers

A $120 million, 7-story parking structure is underway to replace the current hourly parking decks at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. In the coming weeks, the existing parking decks will be demolished.
Charlotte Airport

Demolition will begin in the next two weeks on hourly parking decks at the Charlotte Airport to make way for a new seven-story parking tower. Aviation Director Jerry Orr says parkers will soon need to give themselves extra time getting to the terminal.

"For close to a year starting in the spring there will be no walking access to parking," says Orr.

He says the airport has plenty of shuttle buses to handle the extra passengers, but will increase the frequency of bus trips. 

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4:59 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

CLT To Lose Some ATL Service When Southwest Comes

The much-anticipated arrival of Southwest Airlines at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport will not bring more flights or cheaper fares, says Aviation Director Jerry Orr.


Southwest will fly six flights a day from Charlotte beginning next April. But AirTran - which Southwest is replacing -  flew seven flights daily, including three to Atlanta. Southwest will fly to Baltimore, Chicago, Houston and Orlando, but not Atlanta. 

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