US Airways says they are not happy that the man who ran Charlotte's airport is out after 24 years, but an airline analyst tells Eyewitness News that he doesn't think it will have the airline thinking twice about keeping Charlotte as a major hub when it merges with American Airlines.
"We are disappointed that the dispute over the ownership of the airport has precipitated the departure of Jerry Orr," the airline said in a statement. "We urge the parties to resolve this dispute."
US Airways is set to finalize its merger with American Airlines in the fall, and has said that it will keep Charlotte as a major hub.
Michael Lowrey, who is an airline analyst, says that Charlotte is likely to lose a few flights after the merger, but not a significant number.
"No one would really notice the difference, except that maybe that one midday flight may not be there, something like that," Lowrey said.
Lowrey said the cut in departures would come from higher costs associated with the merger, and not from any ongoing dispute over control of the airport as long as it doesn't drag on too long.
US Airways is not the only business watching the political battle over Charlotte Douglas.
"Our hope is that there is no uncertainty at the airport," said Natalie English, senior vice president of public policy with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
English said that they are not taking sides in the dispute that centers on the key selling point in recruiting businesses to Charlotte, but they do want both sides to know they are watching.
"We've been assured by staff at the city that the airport will be run effectively and efficiently and that is what matters," English said.