Aviation Committee

Chair: John Lassiter, Carolina Legal Staffing

Focus: The committee meets with representatives from Charlotte Douglas airport and USAirways to ensure we maintain an environment that supports the growth that has led to our economic development successes.

Aviation Committee Mission: This committee’s mission is to represent the business interests of our number one economic development asset, Charlotte Douglas International Airport and its primary carrier American Airlines, via strategic partnerships and legislative advocacy to ensure we maintain an environment that supports continued growth and the airport’s global access.

Membership: Members are those who have working relationships with either entity as well as business leaders who want to aid in the advocacy efforts to support Charlotte’s #1 asset – the airport. Membership is open to anybody who is an active Chamber member.

Schedule: Meets every other month on Wednesdays at 8:00 AM. (January, March, May, July, September, November) Annual Meeting with the intent of informing a broader group of the importance of the hub to our economy. Membership: open to all chamber members committed to serving the mission stated above.

Expectations of Committee Membership: Committee members are expected to advance the committee’s mission among the Executive Committee and other Chamber members, and represent points of advocacy that have been agreed upon by the committee and approved by the Chamber Executive Committee or Board of Directors. Committee members will be asked to attend Charlotte City Council and community meetings related to airport matters; and to engage with local, state and federal elected officials as well as business leaders to advocate for strategic growth and continued low-cost operations at CLT. In addition, the Committee will be charged with hosting a yearly event with recognized, national speakers from the aviation community, in order to advance an awareness of aviation locally.

Past Agenda Items:

  • August 19, 2014: Jack Christine, interim deputy aviation director of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, gave an update on the airport noise changes expected as the Airport Noise Compatibility Program is updated as required by the FAA. In addition, Tracy Montross of American Airlines provided further detail on the tax issues facing the airline.
  • May 6, 2014: City of Charlotte interim aviation director, Brent Cagle, presented the proposed budget request being considered by City Manager Ron Carlee for inclusion in his budget proposal. The Aviation Department's proposed budget represents an 8 percent increase over the current fiscal year budget. The increase is needed to address deferred maintenance as well as some necessary increased investments in infrastructure and, in particular, transportation. The budget includes a slight increase to the cost per enplaned passenger, which is one of the fees charged to airlines using the airport. Even with that increase, the cost to the airlines is significantly less in Charlotte than in any major airport in the country. Also during that meeting, American Airlines’ Tracy Montross provided an update on the airline merger. While there have been recent announcements regarding a reduction in several international flights, the Charlotte hub remains the second-largest hub for the world’s largest airline. The airline also recently announced increased domestic service by adding flights to the Midwest.
  • February 18, 2014: Brent Cagle, Interim Aviation Director for Charlotte Douglas International Airport, provided an update to the group. Click here to view the presentation. Tracy Montross, director of government and community relations for US Airways/American Airlines also updated the committee on the company’s happenings.
  • August 27, 2013: The committee, in conjunction with the chamber’s GreenWorks group, met at the airports to hear updates from Brent Cagle and Chuck Allen. The group also received updates on sustainability efforts and toured the LEED Fire Station 41. Click here to view a slideshow from the event and you may view a video on the airport’s efforts below.


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