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Phase One of Airport Governance Study Released
Friday, April 5, 2013

Contact: Catherine Bonfiglio, 704-336-4936

Phase One of the study on governance at Charlotte Douglas International Airport has been released and can now be accessed by visiting
The independent review is being conducted by the Oliver Wyman firm, and is managed by Robert A. Hazel, a partner in the firm. The completed study will include a review of airport governance models and issues associated with transition to a different governance model at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport to be used as information, context, and a guide for decision making.
The study scope of work 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 consultant was asked to prepare a report summarizing his findings at the conclusion of Phase One.
The study will be completed by May 1. As part of the process, Council approved the establishment of an Airport Governance Study Oversight Committee to provide guidance and feedback to the consultant, to ensure the study is objective and unbiased, and to monitor the progress of the study. 
The Airport Governance Study Oversight Committee will meet on the following dates:
  • Thursday, April 11 at 1:30 p.m., Room 280, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
    The consultant will provide a study update to the committee and discuss the public input meeting scheduled for April 16.
  • Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m., Room 267, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
    This is a public input meeting giving interested citizens and stakeholders the opportunity to provide comments to the Oversight Committee. Public comments will be included in the final report.

The consultant, as well as City staff, will not be addressing media inquiries about the Phase One report in order to ensure that the study remains objective and unbiased.
For further information about the Airport Governance Study, visit