Photo: Jason Getz

PDK’s flight operations double ahead of Super Bowl 

The general-aviation airport is popular with corporate and celebrity travelers

DeKalb Peachtree Airport normally handles 300 to 400 flight departures and arrivals each day. Now through Sunday, that number is more like 600 or more.

“We are ready to go,” airport director Mario Evans said. “This is an exciting time for us and the Atlanta area.”

Here’s what landing is like at PDK, courtesy of our buddy Smilin’ Mark McKay:

The airport has been preparing well in advance to make sure its facilities were up to the challenge.

“We’ve remarked our entire air field,” Evans said. “We had a rubber removal project. We wanted to make sure the airpot was at its best.”

Rubber removal clears off any debris from the runways.


The airport, now Georgia’s second busiest, sits on the site of what was once Camp Gordon, a U.S. Army training base during WWI. Today it’s popular with corporate and celebrity travelers and event planners. Its hangars sometimes host swank parties and the facility has been a filming site.

Here are photos of Melissa McCarthy and Peter Dinklage filming scenes for “The Boss” (known during production as “Michelle Darnell”) a few years ago.

Usually, travelers don’t spend a lot of time at the airport itself.

“Most folks don’t go inside the terminal,” Evans said. “Normally they get off the aircraft and get in their SUV.”

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Jennifer Brett
Jennifer Brett
Jennifer Brett is a multiplatform journalist and digital coach. She writes The Buzz blog for