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Airport governance study draft expected Thursday

The draft of a final report about management at Charlotte Douglas International Airport is expected to be released Thursday, city officials said.

Charlotte City Council commissioned the $150,000 study by a consultant after the state legislature began considering a bill to transfer ownership and control of the airport to a new, independent airport authority.

The first phase of the study found that concerns the city would increase costs at the airport for US Airways, its main tenant, was one of the driving forces behind those pushing for the establishment of a regional authority. The final report is due May 1, after which the N.C. House is expected to vote on the authority bill.

The draft release of the final study comes on the heels of a related airport controversy.

Shawn Dorsch, one of the members of the city’s study oversight committee members, was removed from the Airport Advisory Committee this week. Mayor Anthony Foxx said in a letter to Dorsch that he believes Dorsch is a member of a “vocal, largely invisible minority supportive of changing our airport governance model.”

Dorsch wouldn’t answer questions about his role in the authority push during a City Council meeting on Monday. He said that he couldn’t discuss it while the city’s study was pending because he might influence the outcome.

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