The Charlotte International airport project is a controversial proposal that would add a new international hub and a major rail line to the city.
The $5 billion plan, which is still being discussed by state lawmakers, would transform the Charlotte-Mecklenburg International Airport into a major international hub that would include a major airport and a hotel.
But the proposal has drawn opposition from many local business owners, who fear that it would hurt the local economy.
They say the airport is already struggling financially.
And the proposed rail line would take some of the best railroads that the region has, which would hurt tourism and tourism-related businesses.
In this Oct. 21, 2017 file photo, a freight train travels on a track near the Charlotte airport in Charlotte, N.C. A federal judge is expected to rule on a lawsuit filed by the National Football League and others against the city and airport over the project.
The NFL, a major tenant of the airport, has argued the plan is an investment that will help attract and retain jobs in Charlotte.
(AP Photo/Charlotte Observer, John Bazemore, File)The city, which owns and operates Charlotte International, also argues that the rail line will make it more competitive with other airports in North Carolina and elsewhere in the United States.
But the rail lines also would add thousands of jobs and $6 billion to the state’s economy.
Opponents of the proposal include the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, which has argued that the airport expansion would bring an influx of workers from China, India, Russia and other countries.
“The Charlotte International expansion will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the Charlotte area and in North America, while making it more economically competitive with major regional airports,” the chamber said in a statement on Monday.
“The city of Charlotte is not the right partner to be a regional hub, and it’s time to stop the expansion.”
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