July 18, 2013

Contact: Al Killeffer
(704) 336-3438

Charlotte, NC — 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 no less.

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 country.