2nd Airport Commission revived.

Group renews call for airport to serve northeast Georgia

More than 15 years has passed since the members of the Northeast Georgia Surface and Air Transportation Commission held a business meeting to discuss the promise of building a regional airport in Northeast Georgia.

The first order of business for the commission’s surviving members at a Thursday reunion was to convince Northeast Georgia counties and cities that a mid-size airport north of Interstate 20 and east of Interstate 85 isn’t impossible.

“It’s not a given that the Northeast Georgia area will provide (this) service,” said former state representative Bubba McDonald, who more recently served on the state Public Service Commission. “But with what I know about the people gathered in this room, I wouldn’t bet against you.”

A dozen of the commission’s members invited about 30 government and civic leaders from Jackson, Barrow, Oconee, Gwinnett and Athens-Clarke counties to the Classic Center, fed them barbecue and gave a combination history lesson and pep talk, laying out the original commission’s accomplishments and how to revive the body.

The air transportation commission was created by the legislature in 1989 to find possible sites for a second airport to serve metro Atlanta, but stopped meeting in 1992.

The effort to revive the commission started after Delta Air Lines emerged from bankruptcy and Atlanta received a $1 million federal grant to study an overflow airport for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the busiest in the country.

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  1. jm says:

    Well, it won’t be PDK, my neighbors have already sued the airport and won; they are now suing the FAA (www.pdkwatch.org). How about the airport in Lawrenceville? Briscoe is right next to 316, and the 316/I85 is undergoing a massive overhaul.

  2. Know Nothing says:

    Why do we want a regional airport in north Georgia when we have an international airport just south of Atlanta. Sounds like a waste to me.

  3. Doug Deal says:

    Atlanta is devoid of airports compared to other parts of the country.

    Cincinnati has an airport, but to its south 90 miles away there are two airports at Louisville and Lexington.

    About the same distance to the west is Indianapolis and to the north there is Dayton, which is about 50 miles away.

    Also, around 100 miles to the northeast is Columbus.

    I think Georgia made a mistake by constantly increasing the size of ATL instead of having more options about where one can fly.

  4. Icarus says:

    Memo to Delta:

    Get rid of the mechanics, kill a few goats:

    KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Officials at Nepal’s state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday.

    Nepal Airlines, which has two Boeing aircraft, has had to suspend some services in recent weeks due the problem.

    The goats were sacrificed in front of the troublesome aircraft Sunday at Nepal’s only international airport in Kathmandu in accordance with Hindu traditions, an official said.

    “The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights,” said Raju K.C., a senior airline official, without explaining what the problem had been.

    Local media last week blamed the company’s woes on an electrical fault. The carrier runs international flights to five cities in Asia.

    It is common in Nepal to sacrifice animals like goats and buffaloes to appease different Hindu Gods.

  5. Romegaguy says:

    If they build another airport in metro Atlanta, I hope they build the walls of the men’s bathroom stalls all the way to the ground…

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