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When Dan Clodfelter is sworn in as Charlotte’s new mayor Wednesday, one of the most pressing issues he’ll face is: Who should run Charlotte's airport?

The allegations against former Mayor Patrick Cannon could reignite a monthslong fight over the Charlotte airport that had seemingly cooled in recent weeks. Cannon had been working on a compromise with Gov. Pat McCrory, an effort that now could be jeopardized.

The Charlotte City Council was skeptical Monday about Duke Energy’s plan to move 4million tons of coal ash to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, but members voted unanimously for the city to further study the issue.

What wasn't clear was exactly why the city, Duke Energy, and coal ash contractor Charah Inc. mothballed the proposal last year.

The commissioners and airport administrators piled into a shuttle bus and rode around Charlotte Douglas, touring runways, the new rail cargo yard and new parking decks. Along the way, they asked about the basics of airport operations, such as how the gates are leased and fuel is allocated to the airlines.

The Charlotte City Council voted unanimously Monday to hire an Atlanta-based company to manage the curbside and business valet parking services at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Many parking rates at Charlotte Douglas International Airport will rise almost 50 percent starting Monday – an increase the airport’s former leader says shouldn’t happen – even though the airport’s internal projections show parking would remain profitable without the rate hike.

Officials hope new freight yard will spur development in the area

Get ready to pay more for parking at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Rates are rising by almost 50percent to pay for rising costs of construction, improved service and running the parking program, officials said.

A long-awaited rail yard at Charlotte Douglas International Airport has started moving cargo, and city leaders are hoping the new facility will help spark a building boom and lure new businesses to land around the airport.

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