Commissioners back regional authority to run airport

Apr. 02, 2013 @ 05:30 PM

The Union County Board of Commissioners on Monday adopted a resolution supporting legislation to create the Charlotte Regional Airport Authority.

The North Carolina General Assembly is considering Senate Bill 81 which will create the Charlotte Regional Airport Authority. Senate Bill 81 gives Union County, along with other North Carolina counties in the Charlotte region, one appointment each to the Authority. The resolution states that the bill will give Union County a voice to support the continued development and successful management of the airport.

Of the five counties that surround Charlotte and Mecklenburg County that would appoint a member to the Authority, Union County is the most populous.

The Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is a joint civil-military airport that functions as a key transportation facility for the Charlotte region, serving approximately 140 nonstop destinations with 700 daily flights. The airport is a crucial economic and commercial development resource for the region and Union County.

According to the resolution, convenient access to affordable travel through the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport adds to the quality of life enjoyed by Union County residents, who have contributed much business over many years to the airlines that utilize the facility.