Elwood.... You have a good idea, but local politics and economice realities probbly would preclude this. The land around PDK
is 'inside the Perimeter' which is Atlanta real estate code-speak for really expensive. Also the neighborhoods around PDK
have held up any real development there for the last twenty years due to NIMBY fever. Things can get done, but it's a real fight.
has been a government reservation of one kind or another since before Private Alvin C. York learned how to march there, and it has been either a Naval Air Station or a GA
airport since WW2, but the people that move in seem to take personal umbrage that the airplanes don't stop flying when they contract on their house. PDK
is also a very busy GA
airfield, one of the busiest. Scheduling big jet traffic in would run into both the NIMBYists and the already considerable GA
traffic, everything from ercoupes to G550s.
Phoenix aviation tried to use one of their normally chartered G-1's to fly a scheduled route from McCollum field in Marietta to Panama City FL
and they were moderately successful, but stopped due to the resistance to their growing their operation to make it profitable. This lesson was not lost on the local carriers.
This is not to say that PDK
could not support 20-30 flights by RJ
's or ATR's if you could get past the local opposition, but then you have to face the fact that travel between ATL
is not really feasible due to distance so you eliminate the feeder traffic and it would have to be pretty much stand alone routes for the regionals.
The more feasible plan for airport expansion that has been floated is to expand Briscoe up in Gwinnett county and make it a strictly local area regional airport that could take some of the heat off of ATL
and not really bother any homes. PDK
's final is over houses up to the last seconds, Briscoes final is over the Publix regional commissary and warehouse.
BTW you are correct that they do have room to grow in ATL
, gates wise. I think they have some beefs about the facilities thay are using. I believe that DL
got the jump on them when they bought/leased EA
's former C-terminal facilities, including the 'secret' tunnel between "C" and "B" terminals.
Hartsfield/Jackson planners recognize the need to grow, they will need some political help to get everything done right.