Delta Opposes Second Atlanta Airport:

 DOT Is Not Investigating By Ted Reed (11/1/14) Forbes - [Still an important issue to discuss.  Why is Delta objecting to better Georgia air service?] A U.S. Department of Transportation spokesman said Friday that the agency is not investigating Delta or anybody else in connection with an effort to develop a second commercial airport near Atlanta. The possibility of a Delta investigation has been raised in some media coverage of the ongoing battle between Paulding County and Delta over a second area airport. Delta's Atlanta hub is the world's biggest with approximately 1,000 daily departures. "A number of entities have raised questions and concerns about the possible commercialization of Paulding, and we are looking into those questions and concerns," DOT spokesman Brian Farber said Friday, in a prepared statement. "We are not focusing on any particular entity. We are simply trying to assess the facts." Delta has long opposed a proposal by developer Propeller Investments and the Paulding County commission to develop Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport, a general aviation airport, for commercial aviation. The county and the airline have each asked the Transportation Department to investigate the other. "The proposal is a waste of taxpayer dollars, violates the city's restrictions on the land, and would siphon off increasingly scarce federal funding that's more needed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport," Delta said, in a prepared statement. "It's also an attempt to subvert the will of the electorate in Paulding County, who overwhelmingly voted out proponents of commercializing this general aviation airport in recent county elections," the airline said. "Delta's longstanding position is that metro Atlanta is best served by a single, strong airport at Hartsfield-Jackson, which is one of the region's primary economic engines, pumping more than $30 billion annually into the regional economy and supporting tens of thousands of jobs" it said. In a recent letter to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, three electees to the Paulding County Commission say they expect that when they take office in January, they will comprise a majority of the five-member board, and they would oppose the effort to create an alternate airport. Do you have an opinion about this story? Share it with other readers in our CAA Discussion Forums imailsrv and place only the following in the first line of the body of the message: Subscribe airport YourFirstName YourLastName YourJobTitle YourAirport/Company To unsubscribe from the Airport News List, send an email, from the email account you have been receiving your posts on, addressed to imailsrv Contact Stephen.Irwin with any problems. 
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