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City issues statement following airport court proceedings

Friday, November 1, 2013

Contact: Kim McMillan, Corporate Communications & Marketing
704-336-2643, 704-408-0100 (m),

The outcome of today’s hearing in Mecklenburg County Superior Court is that the City of Charlotte retains operational control of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The judge denied a motion by the Attorney General to dismiss the city’s suit and denied motions by Richard Vinroot to issue opinions intended to influence the FAA’s action on the airport certificate. Additionally, the judge approved the City’s motion to add a further claim to their suit, but dismissed the City’s claim the legislation was unconstitutionally passed as a local bill.
Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey said that the City remains steadfast in its commitment to continue operating the airport in an outstanding manner, “The court’s action today affirms that the legislation presents serious legal issues that cannot be quickly and easily resolved.  Charlotte remains committed to protect the airport from the adverse consequences of the legislation.”
City Manager Ron Carlee expressed his continuing support of Brent Cagle, the Interim Director of the Airport: “The airport has made a smooth transition in its leadership and  is aggressively advancing the airport to the next level; we regret the distraction caused by the legislation, but we are moving forward.”