Surprised? You really shouldn’t be. Forget the incentive issue, which is a complete red herring. Why would Boeing put an aircraft manufacturing plant at the world’s 7th busiest airport by takeoff and landings? Got me.
Bonus observation: Note the focus on incentives by economic development types like Ronnie Bryant of the Charlotte Regional Partnership. It’s all about the elephant hunt to them, all the time. Industry basics don’t much matter. Critical thinking skills are rather optional too.
Special bonus observation: Note that the Charlotte Observer also missed Charlotte’s core weakness. Shameful.