Charlotte City Council Rejects State Airport Plans

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte City Council has rejected the General Assembly's move to give day-to-day operations of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport to a new commission and contends a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration backs its position.

The Charlotte Observer reports the letter, combined with the city's hardening position, could mean an extended legal fight over the airport.

The city will seek an injunction Thursday against the legislation that transfers operational control from the city.

In the letter, the FAA says it has concerns about the approved bill that lets the city own the airport while a new commission runs it. The federal agency says that until it makes a decision, the city remains the airport sponsor, meaning it still runs the airport for now.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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