Does Metro Atlanta Need a Second Airport?

For Metro Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is it. Would you like to see it get a back-up airport, and if so, where should it be located?

Most major international airports in the US have a second, or even third, airport to back them up. In New York, JF Kennedy International Airport is backed up by LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International, in Chicago, there is O’Hare and Midway and in the Atlanta area there is Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and… Well, there is Hartfield-Jackson International Airport.

Despite being the busiest airport in not just the US but also the world, metro Atlanta has no back-up airport. According to Wikipedia, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport not only has the largest number of passengers passing through it, but it also moves the most aircrafts in the world annually.

There has been a lot of talk recently, sometimes pretty heated talk, about possibly converting to becoming that back-up airport for Hartsfield-Jackson. Those who live in Those who are likely to .

So the question today is twofold. Firstly, does metro Atlanta need a second airport? And secondly, if so, where would you like to see it located?

Jim Regan January 08, 2013 at 08:44 PM
The State doesn't have money for aviation grants and do we really think we can rely on the FAA to provide near unlimited funding for a second airport? Income is not guaranteed from day one, again read about MidAmerica near St Louis and Branson MO privately built airport funded by CitiGroup. CitiGroup at one point was threatening foreclosure.
Jim Regan January 08, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Airlines do not care about our convenience, they don't mind that we drive for a hour or two. Brett Smith during a meeting with the Briscoe Citizens Committee conceded that Briscoe could not attract passenger from the west side of the Chattachoochie. That does not leave a high enough concentration of travellers to support a regional airport. You can't just fly 10 or 15 jets in a day, you have to have critical mass to support ground operations. The fact is that just not going to happen due to a number of factors - geograhic limitations, infrastructure cost, instablity of airline industry. Gwinnett county hired three aviation consultants, all three said Briscoe had slim to no chance for success. Would you ignore the advise of professional, independent aviation experts? Also the FAA AMACS II study eliminated Briscoe as an alternative to ATL. Would you ignore the FAA recommendation also? The FAA is independent and has no reason to spin the results.
needan January 08, 2013 at 09:10 PM
But ATLANTA city is way bigger city than St. Louis and Branson. Let us compare apples to apples. Atlanta is situated geographically positioned great and is also the big capital city of South-Eastern united states. Compare with Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Virginia. There is no other city like Atlanta in growth wise. Also, look at the job market, fortune companies, housing development and tourist attractions. This city is still growing in fast pace compared to any other cities in South East USA. If Briscoe is not ideal let us work out something that makes more sense and fits into the FAA AMAACS recommendation !
Jim Regan January 09, 2013 at 03:23 AM
We have to look at airport capacity and utilization. I'm sure on paper MidAmerican and Branson both looked like homeruns. Reality not so much. Remember 75% of passenger don't leave the Hartsfield terminal. What does that do the the necessity for another airport? If you build a regional airport your aren't going to pull pass thru passenger to a 2nd airport, your only going to attract local destination passengers. The experts said there aren't enough. We really don't want to lobby for or fund a 2nd airport if the likelihood for success isn't probable do we?
needan January 09, 2013 at 10:40 PM
That is the curse of Atlanta and the politicians/rulers who have not properly lined up the job market, very poor road net work, lack of proper mass transit, lack of not giving enough tax breaks for fortune companies to move to Georgia - eg. BMW, Mercedez Benz, Nissan, Honda to name a few of nice companies who wanted to open their biz. But the so called politicans and the ruling party did not study it properly and turned their backs against them. So what happened? They went to our neighboring states and were well received by the Governor, Mayors and the politicians who knew the value of every job and its growth consequences for a better economy. There are a lot of other fortune companies who are not welcomed graciously in Georgia due to this politicians and the old mind set thinking of residents in Atlanta. There is no other place like ATLANTA in this country that is best suitable for jobs, housing, quality of life, tourism, weather, etc,. But who killed it and still killing? The politicians and the negative minded people who do not want modernization of Atlanta. If this city was in the hands of right people, Atlanta would have been the BIG APPLE of this country and not New York. That is the growth potential for this Atlanta but very sad to see this city going through. If this city had the right set up we would need one regional airport each in 4 sides of the city. No need to worry about the 75% of in transit passengers. We can just leave the Hartsfield for them!


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