When I got married, we moved into a condo in Lawrenceville not far from Briscoe Field. Not long after we moved in the idea of turning Briscoe Field into a second Atlanta airport was floated out. IIRC, about 3000 people showed up at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration building to oppose the idea, and that trial balloon fell quickly to the ground.
The idea of a second Atlanta airport did not die and has come roaring back with $1 million behind it:
The top U.S. transportation official said Tuesday that metro Atlanta should consider a second airport, and she put up $1 million for the study.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters, who traveled Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to announce the grant, said that by 2025 airports in Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas and San Diego could be overwhelmed by passenger demand.
“Now is the time for Atlanta to consider having multiple commercial airports,” Peters said.
The money is a preliminary step, but airport General Manager Ben DeCosta agreed the time was right for the metro area to begin seriously looking at a second airport to supplement Hartsfield-Jackson, the world’s busiest with about 85 million passengers per year passing through its gates.
I think building another airport will be very difficult to accomplish. Where are you going to put it? Why not just beef up Macon’s airport?