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Final draft of Airport Governance Study available
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Contact: Kim McMillan, Corporate Communications & Marketing
704-336-2643, 704-408-0100 or

Public comments and the final draft of the study on governance at Charlotte Douglas International Airport have been released and can now be accessed by visiting The final draft is being released prior to the next Airport Governance Study meeting to allow time for members to fully review the 62-page report.

The draft report includes a review of airport governance models and issues associated with transition to a different governance model at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The Charlotte City Council commissioned the study in response to pending state legislation regarding governance at Charlotte Douglas International Airport that was introduced without a comprehensive analysis. The City has stated its opposition to the creation of an airport authority. The goal of the independent study is to ensure that the public and decision-makers are aware of all potential outcomes. The document is to be used as information, context, and a guide for decision-making.

The study consists of four phases: 1) determine the drivers for interest in change of governance; 2) review and assess current governance of U.S. airports; 3) review and assess peer airports' governance; and 4) governance transition issues.
The independent review was conducted by the Oliver Wyman firm, and was managed by Robert A. Hazel, a partner in the firm. As part of the study, interviews were conducted by Mr. Hazel with business, community, and elected leaders. In addition, interested citizens and stakeholders were given the opportunity to provide comments to the Airport Governance Study Oversight Committee, which was established to provide guidance and feedback to the consultant, and monitor the progress of the study. Public comment was also received through a section on the Airport Governance Study website. All comments received online were forwarded directly to the consultant for inclusion in the final report.

As part of its review process, the Airport Governance Study Oversight Committee will meet next week to discuss the final draft report with the consultant on Monday, April 29, at 1:30 p.m., at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, Room 267. The meeting will be streamed live at or available for viewing on the GOV Channel (Cable 16).

Media availability via conference call: On Friday, April 26 from 3:30-4:00 p.m. in room 280 at Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, Bob Hazel will be available via phone to address questions; however, he will not be making a formal presentation until the Airport Governance Study Oversight Committee meeting on Monday, April 29.

The following are future meeting and publication dates related to the Airport Governance Study:

Monday, April Monday, April 29, 1:30 p.m.
  • Draft final report presented to the Airport Governance Study Oversight Committee, Room 267, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
    • Bob Hazel, study consultant, will be available to address media questions following the committee meeting on April 29.

Wednesday, May 1

  • Final report released

Monday, May 6, 5:00 p.m.

  • Study consultant presents final report to City Council for information and discussion, Room 267, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
For more information about the Airport Governance Study, visit