N.C. Supreme Court Rejects Final Attempt to Stop Quarry on Airport Property

The North Carolina Supreme Court announced Friday it will not review a lawsuit filed against the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority that attempted to stop the expansion of an existing quarry on airport property.

The Authority released the following statement from Board Chair Patrick Hannah:

“North Carolina’s highest court has upheld two previous court decisions by ruling in favor of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and against plaintiffs who oppose the airport leasing its property. The North Carolina Supreme Court rejected the latest effort to stop the Authority’s land-lease agreement with Wake Stone, which is expected to generate more than $24 million for the airport. As RDU recovers from the pandemic-related decline in passenger traffic, and as our region continues to grow, new revenue sources are critical to helping fund future airport expansion projects.”

In deciding not to review the case, the N.C. Supreme Court sided with a Wake County Superior Court judge and a three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals who ruled in favor of the Airport Authority. Today’s ruling is final and there is no opportunity for appeal.