The House Finance Committee approved a bill that would transfer control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport from the city to an airport authority.
The latest House version represents the failure of a last-ditch effort supported by Gov. Pat McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis to bring the sides together.
“We came very close, but unfortunately it didn’t work,” said Ned Curran, a Charlotte businessman who acted as a behind-the-scenes mediator.
The city, which has run Charlotte Douglas International Airport for more than 70 years, has fought an authority since legislation was introduced earlier this year. After an authority bill passed the Senate, it slowed in the House.
Nudged by McCrory and Tillis, GOP lawmakers proposed a joint study. They said all governance options were on the table.
“We tried to work with them,” said Rep. Ruth Samuelson, a Charlotte Republican and bill sponsor. “I’m completely at a loss for why they turned down this study.”
But city officials questioned the balance of the study commission. The House and Senate would have appointed two-thirds of the 12 members. The city would have appointed the other third.