The General Assembly is ready to transfer control of North Carolina's busiest airport away from the city of Charlotte to a new panel, but a final decision may rest with the courts.
The Senate needs one more vote Thursday to give final legislative approval to creating the Charlotte Douglas International Airport authority. The panel would be comprised of appointments made by the Charlotte city council and commissions in several counties.
The bill isn't subject to the governor's veto stamp because it's a local issue, and the legislation begins the transfer immediately. Republicans say having a regional authority will secure the airport's future success.
Charlotte city officials have fought the change, saying they've done a good job for decades. Mayor Patsy Kinsey hasn't ruled out litigation to challenge the transfer.