The North Carolina House is advancing plans to strip control of Charlotte's airport from the city which has run it for more than 70 years to an appointed body.
The House voted 75-39 on Tuesday to transfer management of US Airways' top hub to a regional authority. The state Senate still must approve changes made by the House. The measure also must be accepted by Gov. Pat McCrory, a former Charlotte mayor.
Charlotte officials are warning of a lawsuit. Ex-mayor Anthony Foxx fought the transfer before becoming U.S. transportation secretary this month.
US Airways is close to merging with American Airlines and deciding where to place major operations. Costs to airlines at Charlotte Douglas International Airport are among the country's lowest and the airport is the eighth-busiest in the nation.