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FAA won’t deal with Charlotte airport dispute

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration indicates it will not get involved in a dispute over control of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

The Charlotte Observer reported the FAA this month updated its policy on disputed management changes at public airports.

The newspaper says the policy means Charlotte will remain in control of the airport.

City and state officials have been involved in a dispute over management of the airport since 2013. State lawmakers passed a bill creating a new commission to oversee the airport. Republican lawmakers said the move was needed to protect the airport from meddling by the city. Charlotte officials called the move a power grab.

The new FAA policy says it will accept management change requests only if there is a legal resolution of any dispute over control.

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