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A Superior Court judge sided with the city of Charlotte in a ruling issued Monday that bars the Charlotte Airport Commission from running the city’s airport without prior approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.

A Superior Court judge said he’s likely to rule next week on the city of Charlotte’s lawsuit to block a new commission from taking control of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, after hearing arguments from both sides Friday.

The fight over who should run Charlotte’s airport is stalled, but the meter is still running: Lawyers’ bills for the city and the Charlotte Airport Commission have topped $1million.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a letter last week that it hasn’t considered the issue of who should control Charlotte Douglas International Airport because the city of Charlotte hasn’t made a formal request – something the City Council has said it has no interest in doing.

The chairman of the Charlotte Airport Commission called the group’s legal situation “the worst example of public policy I have seen in my life” Wednesday night, as the deadlocked group was unable to reach a decision on whether to vigorously fight for their own existence in court.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called the dispute over who will run Charlotte’s airport “an unnecessary mess,” and suggested that after almost two years a federal solution to the fight might not be near.

The Charlotte City Council on Monday unanimously approved a plan to give Charlotte Douglas International Airport almost $1.6million worth of underpaid rent.

Saturday will be a free day for visitors to the Carolinas Aviation Museum at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

The crew of US Airways Flight 706 returned to Charlotte Douglas International Airport a short time after the jet left about 8 p.m. for the flight to Germany.

A year into his job running Charlotte’s airport, Brent Cagle oversees $1 billion in construction. But his biggest challenge? Stepping out of his predecessor’s shadow.

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