The North Carolina Senate is one vote away from taking Charlotte Douglas International Airport away from the city and turning over one of the country’s busiest airline hubs to a regional authority.

The Senate voted 32-16 on Wednesday to transfer management of US Airways‘ top hub to the appointed body. The transfer would take place after a final Senate vote, which could come as early as Thursday.

Charlotte officials are warning they may file a lawsuit to challenge the state’s move.

Supporters say they want to ensure Charlotte-area businesses continue to enjoy the easy flight connections of a major airline hub. US Airways is close to merging with American Airlines and deciding where to place major operations.

Opponents say the city’s management has been prudent and efficient.

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