Charlotte airport problems

POSTED: 8:40 PM Jul 17 2013   UPDATED: 3:10 PM Jul 17 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

The North Carolina Senate is one vote away from taking Charlotte Douglas International Airport away from the city and turning over one of the country's busiest airline hubs to a regional authority.

The Senate voted 32-16 on Wednesday to transfer management of US Airways' top hub to the appointed body. The transfer would take place after a final Senate vote, which could come as early as Thursday.

Charlotte officials are warning they may file a lawsuit to challenge the state's move.

Supporters say they want to ensure Charlotte-area businesses continue to enjoy the easy flight connections of a major airline hub. US Airways is close to merging with American Airlines and deciding where to place major operations.

Opponents say the city's management has been prudent and efficient.

The Senate voted 32-16 on Wednesday to transfer management of US Airways' top hub to the appointed body. The transfer would take place after a final Senate vote, which could come as early as Thursday.

Charlotte officials are warning they may file a lawsuit to challenge the state's move.

Supporters say they want to ensure Charlotte-area businesses continue to enjoy the easy flight connections of a major airline hub. US Airways is close to merging with American Airlines and deciding where to place major operations.

Opponents say the city's management has been prudent and efficient.