Study: No suitable site for second ATL airport

ATLANTA — There is no room for a second airport in Atlanta.

That's the upshot of a new study release Wednesday by
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The $1 million Atlanta Metropolitan Aviation Capacity Study, Phase II,
study, sponsored and 75 percent funded by the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA), looked at 29 sites that could potentially serve
as a second commercial-service airport for the area. None would work,
the study found. The sites were identified in a 1991 regional aviation
study and a Georgia DOT study.

“The study's findings place even more emphasis on maximizing
Hartsfield-Jackson's capacity into the foreseeable future to
accommodate aviation growth,” Louis Miller, the airport's general
manager, said in a news release. “To this end, we will begin a master
plan update this fall to examine all possible ways to expand the
Airport's capacity within its current geographical footprint.”

Sites included a number in metro Atlanta, including Forsyth/Dawson,
Jackson and Paulding counties in addition to a number of locations
outside of the metro region, including Athens and Macon. The site also
included Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta.

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