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Senate completes Charlotte airport control swap

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina legislators are following through with their decision to strip Charlotte of the airport it has run for more than 70 years and turn control of the country’s eighth-busiest airline hub over to a regional body.

The state Senate voted Thursday to immediately transfer Charlotte Douglas International Airport to an 11-member board selected by officials from the city, Mecklenburg County, and five surrounding counties.

Charlotte officials have signaled they’re ready to go to court to stop the takeover of one of the city’s largest assets.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday that US Airways brought up some of the initial concerns about how the airport was being managed. That led to the decision that management should be taken out of city officials’ hands.


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