IF and WHEN the Feds, the FAA, or someone else decides that funnelling all that air traffic into Hartsfield compromises safety (and I could make a cogent argument that it does) or that it is fuel-inefficient (tell me being #38 for takeoff during Tstrm season...or spending an hour circling CSG before you can proceed to a landing at ATL
)...then the US Gubmint boys and girls will tell ATL
to open another airport.
The nice thing about it is that it is already there, and already controlled by the Feds.
I'm talking about MGE
Long runways. Used by C5s and C130s and such.
Highway infrastructure. Not far from the confluence of I-85 and I-285 on the NW
side of town.
Close to where the money is. The people that buy airplane tickets.
Mixing commercial and military air? Not a problem.....look at SPS
, GRK, and all sorts of other places. It can be done. In fact, it's going to have to be done.
The problem with Atlanta right now is not that it is in the wrong place nor that the highway network won't support it. The problem is it is very user unfriendly.
With the advent of heightened security measures, combined with Atlanta's airport being miles from parking.....and then you add on the risk of delays due to the fact everybody and his brother flies there....air travel in and out of Atlanta is becoming more trouble than it is worth.
It used to be if I was in Nashville on business and needed to go to ATlanta next, it was easier and faster (not to mention cheaper) to get a rent car and drive.
Not, if I am in Memphis or maybe even Little Rock on business I can make an argument in favor of driving rather than fly.
Houston has multiple airports. Los Angeles & San Francisco and Chicago and New York and Dallas and the Miami area all have multiple airports.
When is Atlanta going to wake up and realize that unless they do something (ie, add another airport) that the gridlock and hassle associated with passing thru ATL
is costing them?
might own the Atlanta City Council, and possibly even a lot of the politicos within the state of Georgia. However, DL
does not control the feds as of yet.....and if the right buttons get pushed, we may yet see the ugly mustard-colored (or blue) airplanes zipping in and out of MGE
Don't think it will ever happen, eh? Did you think WN
would announce service to PHL