Mayor Anthony Foxx responded Thursday to some strongly worded criticism from the head of the Alliance for a Better Charlotte, the group that started the push for an airport authority.
Stan Campbell called the city "non-credible" and said city government "is run like a third-world country."
"How do you respond to that?" Eyewitness News asked Foxx.
"I don't respond to that," he said. "Not worth responding to."
He said he wants to know who the other business leaders are that are working with Campbell to take away control of the airport from the city.
"I don't think he's bankrolling this and it would be nice to know who those people are," he said. "I think this is four or five people who decided they wanted to go to Raleigh and get a fix for 750,000 people. That's not fair. It's not right."
Campbell would not divulge the Alliance's membership. He said they fear rising costs, like the city switching to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for airport security, would cause US Airways to move its hub from here.
"The city has already shown that it would like to add city costs over to the airport," Campbell said. "There's going to be more to follow. You can set your clock on it."
"Our philosophy around the airport has never changed," Foxx said. "We want to be a low-cost, high value airport."
"We're adding costs to put more security in the airport to make it safer," City Councilman Andy Dulin said of the police change. "They ought to be thanking us, not trying to rip it away from us."
Foxx said he plans to meet with Gov. Pat McCrory to talk about slowing down the bill in the N.C. House now that it's passed the Senate. He said he's been asked to the governor's mansion in Raleigh and also plans to talk about funding for Bank of America stadium improvements.
Eyewitness News asked if he'll meet with Campbell too.
"I'm happy to talk to him anytime," Foxx said. "I'm not the guy throwing rocks."
US Airways released a statement Thursday that said in part, "We take no position as to whether an airport authority or continued city management is the best form of governance for Charlotte-Douglas Airport."