Charlotte going slow on response to airport bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Charlotte’s city manager says the officials are examining a full range of options after the N.C. General Assembly voted on new legislation to establish an airport authority.

City Manager Ron Carlee said the new bill passed by the state House and Senate early Friday is extremely complex. As a result, he said the city won’t make any rash judgments, and added it would be premature to discuss any options or recommendations he would make to the mayor and city council.

The state House and Senate voted early Friday to restore Charlotte Douglas International Airport to the city’s ownership but give day-to-day operations to a new commission.

Republican lawmakers last week transferred the airport to a regional authority. A judge blocked the move hours later in response to a city lawsuit.

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