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Passenger check-in lines are expected to worsen Wednesday afternoon, airport worker says.

Operations appeared to go smoothly Tuesday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, but a bigger challenge is likely Wednesday.

Cheaper gas and an improved economy will help send 1.8 million Carolinas residents traveling 50 miles or more over the Thanksgiving holiday, an increase of more than 4 percent over a year ago.

The city of Charlotte asked the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday to make a ruling that would further cement the city’s control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

One of the most prominent business leaders advocating taking the airport from the city’s control said Thursday he no longer cares who runs it as long as costs are kept low for the airlines.

The closure, which took effect at 9 a.m. Tuesday, is between Josh Birmingham Parkway and Little Rock Road.

Local law enforcement was called to Charlotte Douglas International to meet US Airways Flight 744 when the flight from Dallas-Fort Worth landed safely at 5:30 p.m.

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.

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