Rep. John Lewis Says State Wants to Rob Atlanta of Its Crown Jewel
“For nearly a century, the people of the City of Atlanta have put their blood, sweat, and tears into the development of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, which today transports over 107 million travelers a year. It has been their vision and their leadership that had the capacity to transform an abandoned racetrack into the busiest airport in the world.
“For 15 years straight, Hartsfield-Jackson, under the management of the City of Atlanta, has been named the most efficient airport in the world by the non-partisan Air Transport Research Society, which reviews the work of 206 airports worldwide. Meanwhile, the state of Georgia is currently under intense federal scrutiny for serious questions arising from its management of the 2018 election. Why would we trade the City’s long track record of success and move to an operation that is already under a cloud of suspicion?
“Furthermore, this shift would likely damage our State’s bond rating, make the airport more subject to the influence of special interests and less accountable to the people. Now that Hartsfield-Jackson Airport shines like a jewel in the crown of this city, the state wants to rob the people of their hard-earned benefits and keep their increase for themselves. That is not right. It is not fair or just.
“There is absolutely no reason to fix what is not broken. I stand with the City in this struggle and hope members of the legislature will vote against this bill.”