CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says the city of Charlotte should keep ownership and control of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
The former Charlotte mayor also told WFAE-FM on Monday that former airport director Jerry Orr should not get his job back.
State lawmakers approved a bill to shift control of the airport from the city to a regional commission. A judge has blocked the transfer while a lawsuit is considered challenging the legislation.
Orr was removed the day after lawmakers approved the bill.
McCrory said Orr has been good for the airport, but says he's in his 70s and should not return to the job.
Orr would not talk about McCrory's comments.
McCrory had not taken a position on the local legislation.
Sen. Bob Rucho of Matthews criticized McCrory's comments..