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Gov. McCrory: ‘Conversations continue’ on Charlotte airport

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement Wednesday that “conversations continue” to resolve the dispute over Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

McCrory, the former Charlotte mayor, called a meeting between the two sides in Raleigh on Monday, said Richard Vinroot, another former Charlotte mayor who is backing the state’s effort to create an airport authority. They agreed not to discuss publicly what took place at the meeting, Vinroot said.

The discussion came days after the city of Charlotte filed a lawsuit to block legislation that would remove its control of the airport in favor of the independent authority. The Monday meeting was attended by City Attorney Bob Hagemann, Vinroot, McCrory and two other lawyers.

“During the last couple of days, I brought legal representatives from the city, state, and the new airport authority together in an effort to help the parties reach an agreement to resolve the disputes over the operation of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport,” McCrory said in the statement Wednesday. “These issues have yet to be resolved. Conversations continue.”

The city of Charlotte has been battling the state legislature for months over control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The issue came to a head on Thursday after legislators passed the bill that removes city control of the airport and transfers it to a regional authority.

The city filed a lawsuit seeking to block the transfer. A judge granted an injunction to temporarily stop the law from going into effect, but it will be up for review in court on Monday.

Longtime airport aviation director Jerry Orr was also ousted from his position after sending a letter to city officials that labeled him the director of the Charlotte airport under an authority.

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