Obstacles to Second Atlanta Airport

July 11, 2011  |  

(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.

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