Atlanta is the busiest airport and it’s dominated by Delta. So just like American Airlines fought hard against Southwest Airlines resurrecting use of Dallas Love Field in the 1970s, Delta is fighting to stop Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport, about 40 miles from the city, from starting to allow commercial service.
The airport is getting closer to becoming a reality.
The approval by the Federal Aviation Authority, related to the handling of federal grants for the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport, clears the way for the environmental study that is seen as the last major step before the FAA would decide on whether to allow commercial service at the single-runway airport, located about 40 miles from Atlanta.
And Delta doesn’t like it one bit.
Delta, its pilots’ union, Atlanta’s mayor and some local residents say the county’s real goal is to build a commercial hub, a project that is unnecessary, wasteful and doomed to become a costly failure.
Yes, a dastardly plot to “build a commercial hub.”
I’d think the fact that the world’s busiest airport is 40 miles away would be a reasonable indication that it might not be doomed to become a costly failure, and might even become a modest success.
Although I’m not surprised that Delta would consider competition for its main hub to be “unnecessary.” It’s unnecessary for Delta.
The City of Atlanta used to consider a second airport to be a valuable project — in the 1970s they acquired about 10,000 acres in Paulding County to build one. They still own the land.
So far this menace of an idea for a single runway airport has secured interest from Allegiant.
We’ll see what kind of return Delta is able to get from comping elite status to Georgia politicians.
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