Does Metro Atlanta Need a Second Airport?
For Metro Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is it. Would you like to see it get a back-up airport, and if so, where should it be located?
Most major international airports in the US have a second, or even third, airport to back them up. In New York, JF Kennedy International Airport is backed up by LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International, in Chicago, there is O’Hare and Midway and in the Atlanta area there is Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and… Well, there is Hartfield-Jackson International Airport.
Despite being the busiest airport in not just the US but also the world, metro Atlanta has no back-up airport. According to Wikipedia, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport not only has the largest number of passengers passing through it, but it also moves the most aircrafts in the world annually.
There has been a lot of talk recently, sometimes pretty heated talk, about possibly converting Briscoe Field in Gwinnett County to becoming that back-up airport for Hartsfield-Jackson. Those who live in the area around Briscoe Field, and are likely to be most impacted, have actively campaigned against it. Those who are likely to benefit the most should it expand to take the overflow from Hartsfield-Jackson have said they would like to see Gwinnett get the business.
So the question today is twofold. Firstly, does metro Atlanta need a second airport? And secondly, if so, where would you like to see it located?