Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger to FAA: Don't play hot potato with Charlotte-Douglas

May 23, 2014
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER TO FAA: STOP PLAYING ‘HOT POTATO’ WITH CHARLOTTE-DOUGLAS

CHARLOTTE – On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration responded to Congressman Robert Pittenger’s letter requesting a decision on an operating certificate for the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Commission.

Rather than making a decision, the FAA once again sent the issue back to local and state authorities, explaining that the FAA had not been consulted on the airport commission legislation and had not received an opinion from the North Carolina Attorney General or State Superior Court, which “impedes the FAA’s ability to fulfill its fundamental obligation under Federal law.”

“Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is critical to local job growth and the success of our economy,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09).  “The FAA needs to stop playing bureaucratic hot potato and make a decision, one way or the other.  Uncertainty over who runs the airport is bad for the economy and threatens the thousands of jobs which could be created by the new international intermodal transport facility.

“The FAA has a responsibility to make a decision, and I will continue to pressure their bureaucrats to get the job done.”

 

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