Study: No suitable site for second ATL airport

ATLANTA — There is no sport suitable 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 examined 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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