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.

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.

Meeting Dates: Quarterly, on Tuesdays at 8:00 am at the Charlotte Chamber.
Current 2014 Schedule

  • February 18
  • May 6
  • August 19
  • December 1

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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