Obstacles to Second Atlanta Airport
(AJC) — Huge pricetags for site work and buyouts of surrounding properties. Public opposition to increased noise and activity. Conflicts with existing airspace corridors over North Georgia. In a nutshell, those are the obstacles standing between Atlanta and a second commercial airport. And they are big obstacles, according to a recent federally funded study of potential sites. It examined 29 candidates, narrowed them to eight finalists spanning the metro area’s northern arc — and deemed none of them feasible. Estimated development costs topped $2 billion for seven of the eight.