When plans for the $75 million training center were announced in 2003, it was described as a way to help communities around the airport. Fulton County, College Park and Atlanta worked together to attract the facility with incentives that included a 10-year exemption from full property taxes.
The center opened in 2004 with flight simulators for Boeing 717 and 737 jets that pilots for AirTran Airways and other airlines used for training.
But AirTran was acquired by Dallas-based Southwest Airlines in 2011.
Simulators from the facility have been relocated to other locations, including Boeing training facilities in China and in the United Kingdom. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, which in 2013 struck a deal with Southwest to take over the 717 fleet formerly operated by AirTran, has two 717 simulators at its pilot training facility.