County Commission Chairman David Austin remains a supporter of the commercialization plan and said pulling out of the effort could raise the risk of a lawsuit for breach of contract. The airport authority partnered with Propeller Investments for the airport commercialization and struck long-term leases with the firm.
Propeller’s business plan included attracting a leisure-oriented airline to fly in and out of the airport, initially a few times a week. The company had previously been involved in a failed effort to commercialize Briscoe Field in Gwinnett County.
The idea drew fire from some Paulding residents as well as from Delta Air Lines and the city of Atlanta, both of which oppose any airport commercialization that might create a competitor for city-owned Hartsfield-Jackson International.