Judge temporarily blocks transfer of control of Charlotte airport

Per the Charlotte Observer, Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin has blocked the transfer of control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, pending a decision from the FAA about the change:

The ruling came at the end of a hearing Thursday in which the city argued that the N.C. General Assembly overreached its legal authority by passing a law to change who runs the airport.

Much of the hearing so far focused on the Federal Aviation Administration’s role in approving the change and on whether the legislation was incorrectly handled as a “local bill” that did not go through the governor for either a veto or signature.

The city won a temporary order two weeks ago, saying the General Assembly’s bill to create a 13-member airport commission is unconstitutional and will cause “irreparable harm” to the city.

Under the commission legislation passed last week, the city will still own Charlotte Douglas. But the commission will operate the airport, awarding contracts, hiring and firing the executive director, and charting expansion plans.

The City Council and mayor would appoint seven of the 13 members.

The Democratic-controlled City Council and the GOP-dominated General Assembly have fought over the airport since January.


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