October 28, 2013

Contact: Al Killeffer
(704) 336-3438

**As prepared for delivery.
  • The Council just voted to approve several consent items – six of which concern improvements to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
  • These items include a communications upgrade to the airport’s control room, an upgrade to the closed-circuit television video system, expansion of the airport’s public internet service capacity, and installation of energy-efficient light poles at the new airport entrance road.
  • In the past few weeks alone:
    • US Airways has announced plans to add four international flights from Charlotte to major destinations in Europe; 
    • Frontier Airlines said it will begin service at Charlotte Douglas; 
    • And the airport unveiled passenger-friendly upgrades at security Checkpoint E.
  • Furthermore, the accolades for CLT continue to pour in.
  • In this month’s edition of Travel and Leisure magazine, readers ranked Charlotte Douglas the nation’s 10th best airport and 5th best in the food category.
  • I spoke with US Airways CEO Doug Parker last week and he assured me that the airline has full confidence in Brent and the current leadership team at Charlotte-Douglas.
  • US Airways Chief Operating Officer Robert Isom also publicly noted that the airline’s relationships with the City and airport have never been better.
  • Clearly, things at the airport continue to run quite smoothly and I’d like to publicly thank Brent and his team for all the hard work they’ve done to ensure such a seamless transition.