The bill to take control of Charlotte-Douglas Airport could be put on hold.
For months, city leaders have argued that the airport belongs to Charlotte. They say it brings the city major business, and they call it one of the best airports in the country. But state lawmakers say it is an asset for the entire region, not just the city, and that a larger authority should run it.
One of those lawmakers told Eyewitness News Tuesday night that they plan to slow down the effort to take it over.
"If they want to now get realistic about what we need to do about making the airport better for the future, then we are willing to talk to them about that," said City Council member Andy Dulin when Eyewitness News told him about the proposal.
Rep. Bill Brawley is one of the sponsors of the House bill. He told Eyewitness News that rather than push the bill through this session, he and other lawmakers want to study an airport authority until next year. They want to know how an authority would work at Charlotte-Douglas Airport and how it should be made up.
Dulin said he is glad that lawmakers are possibly slowing down.
"That is a win for the citizens," he said.
Dulin said he has not seen Brawley's proposal yet, but he wants to make sure the city is given a fair voice. Brawley said he wants lawmakers, some from Mecklenburg County, and city leaders to be a part of the study.
Eyewitness News is told lawmakers are reaching out to the city to try and put the study committee together. If this study is done, that would mean a vote wouldn’t be considered until next May.
At the same time as this is going on, the city manager is looking at things like airport finances, contracts and public safety. The City Council passed a resolution this month asking him to make any possible recommendations for improvement.