Charlotte Can Retain Control of Airport, At Least Temporarily

Posted August 1, 2013 1:32 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News, News

A North Carolina judge has ruled that the city of Charlotte can keep control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport until the proposed airport commission gets a certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration, or the FAA rules that it does not need one.  The Charlotte City Council was challenging the General Assembly’s move to give day-to-day operations of the airport to a new commission.  The city had run the airport for more than 70 years.  The city was seeking an injunction against the legislation creating a 13-member airport commission. The city’s lawsuit will continue through the court system after today’s ruling.  City attorneys argued the commission is unconstitutional because it was created as a local law, not a general law that would have gone before the governor.  The city also argued it has an operating certificate, and handing over power immediately without the commission having its own certificate would break FAA laws.  But the commission attorneys cited other local bills on airports and suggested the city is exaggerating the potential problems with the FAA.  The judge, however, agreed with the city for now.