NC House Agrees To Charlotte Airport Authority
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Transferring control of one of the nation's busiest airports from the city of Charlotte to a regional authority has cleared a significant hurdle.
The North Carolina House gave tentative approval Thursday to create a Charlotte Douglas International Airport Authority that would take over operations in January. The 72-42 vote comes after Republican legislators decided to move on the idea after Charlotte city officials wouldn't agree to participate in a legislative study on the idea.
Rep. Bill Brawley of suburban Charlotte says the airport is a regional economic asset and an authority will help the airport's long-term health. House Democrats opposing the bill said the airport succeeds under the current governance structure.
The bill needs one more House vote before returning to the Senate, which passed earlier a similar authority idea.