Friday, September 27, 2013

Statement from Mayor Patsy Kinsey on Federal Aviation Administration letter - Charlotte Douglas International Airport (KCLT), North Carolina

Charlotte, NC —

Today, the city received a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration stating that the FAA will make no decision concerning Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s operating certificate until the City’s lawsuit challenging the North Carolina General Assembly’s airport bill has been resolved in court.  

The FAA’s decision represents a major victory for our community in the city’s fight to retain control of the airport Charlotte built and validates what community leaders, the city council and I have said about the General Assembly’s legislation from the beginning—it is significantly flawed.

The city remains in charge of the airport and will continue to press the legal claim that the General Assembly violated the state constitution in the way it attempted to create an airport commission.

The council and I remain fully committed to ensuring this legal dispute has no impact on the traveling public or city employees at the airport.  We are similarly committed to avoiding any disruption to the airlines, vendors and contractors that serve the airport, and we continue to communicate directly with US Airways on the matter.  The council and I continue to do all we can to ensure our airport remains one of the best-performing, lowest-cost airports in the country.

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