FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2013
Contact: Al Killeffer
— Today, the City received a letter
from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stating that the FAA will make
no decision concerning Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s operating
certificate until the City’s lawsuit challenging the North Carolina General
Assembly’s airport bill has been resolved in court.
The FAA’s decision represents a major victory for
our community in the City’s fight to retain control of the airport Charlotte
built and validates what community leaders, the City Council, and I have said
about the General Assembly’s legislation from the beginning—it is significantly
The City remains in charge of the airport and will
continue to press the legal claim that the General Assembly violated the State
constitution in the way it attempted to create an airport commission.
The Council and I remain fully committed to ensuring
this legal dispute has no impact on the traveling public or City employees at
the airport. We are similarly committed
to avoiding any disruption to the airlines, vendors, and contractors that serve
the airport, and we continue to communicate directly with US Airways on the
matter. The Council and I continue to do
all we can to ensure our airport remains one of the best-performing,
lowest-cost airports in the country.