— The Charlotte City Attorney today
filed a lawsuit in Mecklenburg County Superior Court against the State of North
Carolina on behalf of the City of Charlotte pursuant guidance from the
Charlotte City Council.
The City of Charlotte is disappointed in the
partisan manner in which the General Assembly has adopted an authority bill to
take the Charlotte Douglas International Airport away from the City. The
Charlotte City Council repeatedly cautioned the General Assembly about
unintended consequences that could result without conducting proper business
analysis and review of best practices. It is therefore the responsibility of
the City to intervene through the courts.
The Charlotte City Council has exercised its
stewardship responsibilities appropriately and diligently for 78 years in its
oversight of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Decades of elected
leaders have made wise decisions and investments that have contributed to the
airport’s success and international prominence. This Mayor and Council will do
As elected officials, we have the responsibility to
protect these investments and to ensure the continued viability and
effectiveness of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. It is for these
reasons that we must take legal action.
At the same time, we are fully committed to ensuring
that this legal dispute between the City and the State has no impact on the
traveling public or the City employees at the airport. We are similarly
committed to avoiding any disruption to the airlines, vendors, and contractors
that serve the airport. This has been communicated directly to US Airways.
Regardless of what happens in the court case, the
Council and I will continue to work tirelessly to keep the Charlotte Douglas
International Airport one of the best-performing, lowest-cost airports in the