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Charlotte airport director shares concerns before DNC

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The Democratic National Convention (DNC) is just under two months away, and the director of one of the nation's largest airports, Charlotte Douglas, says he has a few concerns.

The DNC bug hit Charlotte Douglas International well over a year ago, but Airport Director Jerry Orr says the last few months been more intense.

"The biggest issue we see is transportation. Getting people who don't know where they are going to the right venue," Orr said.

Orr has been the head of the airport for almost 25 years. He says about 100,000 people each day pass through the airport. He says it's a number that will not change during the convention.

"It won't be more people, it will just be different people," Orr said.

Orr says no flights will be added or canceled, telling us that he's confident things will go smooth. Actual travelers WBTV talked to said they feel a little different.

"It's going to be a mess. I hope security is really built up by then," said passenger Jon Curey.

Orr says his biggest concern is the ground transportation, and getting thousands of passengers out of the airport and on their way.

That's when Mayur Khandelwal steps in. He's the vice president of Crown Cab in Charlotte. It's an operation of just under 100 cabs. He says almost all of his cabs will be ready when passengers get off the plane.

"We have a tight relationship with the airport and other vendors at the airport who work at the airport," he said.

Orr says after the convention, the real headaches begin, but he'll be ready.

"It's a lot easier to deal with people that are coming to something, then that are through and just want to get home," he said.

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