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Jerry Orr: Revenue sharing could help airport

Charlotte aviation director Jerry Orr said Thursday that he’s not concerned a bill to transfer control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport to an authority could divert revenue to airports in surrounding counties.

In fact, Orr said, revenue sharing could even benefit Charlotte Douglas. “We need to think of the airport as a system,” Orr said. “The more there’s communication and cooperation in the region, the better it would be for everyone.

“It benefits us sometimes if smaller airplanes use a different facility,” said Orr, speaking after the monthly advisory committee meeting.

Several months ago, Orr, who would remain director of the airport under the authority legislation being considered, said he believed the airport should be run as an authority. Thursday, he demurred when asked if he supports the current bill as written. “I work for the city of Charlotte,” Orr said.

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