Newly appointed airport commission to meet again despite questioning purpose

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

The newly appointed airport commission agreed to meet again despite questioning its purpose.

They have no authority since the city of Charlotte is still in control of Charlotte-Douglas.

Due to an injunction, the airport commission cannot take over control of Charlotte-Douglas until a decision is made by the FAA.

Despite that fact, the commission held its first meeting Thursday night.

During that meeting, some members questioned the commissioner’s existence.

There was also talk of disbanding, but the commission is intact for now.

However, commission members did decide to refocus their legal fight; moving away from the court battles with the city and focusing on the FAA.

The commission has been racking up legal fees as it fights to gain control of the airport.

The commission chairman said while he was happy with how the first meeting went, he admitted there is still a lot to figure out.

“These are uncharted territories. So for anyone that has led a board of has been on a board, it’s uncharted territory,” said Chairman Robert Stolz.

Another decision that was made was to keep Jerry Orr as the executive director for now.

A second meeting is planned to talk about what he could do for the commission moving forward.