Among those who have weighed in with doubts about the idea or opposition are several officials linked to Hartsfield-Jackson, including Atlanta City Council transportation committee chair Andre Dickens, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian and Hartsfield-Jackson interim general manager Balram Bheodari.
The state-run authority idea “doesn’t make sense,” Bheodari said Friday.
Delta, which has its largest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson, has long opposed the idea of a second Atlanta airport and worked to block an effort to commercialize Paulding County's airport northwest of Atlanta.
"Atlanta is the largest, most successful airport in the world, and anything that would harm that in terms of trying to move it for political gain between the city and state, we're opposed," Bastian said this week. "We have the crown jewel in air travel right here in Hartsfield-Jackson and I think the city should take great pride in what they've built and we'd be opposed to any change in the governance structure."