Atlanta airport manager urges incentives for overseas flights

09/30/2009 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The

Despite its status as the world's busiest airport, the general manager of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport says financial incentives may be needed to attract more international service. Airlines already offer nonstop service from Atlanta to nearly 70 international destinations, but hometown carrier Delta Air Lines has recently dropped service to China, South Korea and South Africa. Delta's Shanghai route alone was estimated to generate about $387 million in economic impact for the city, and Airport Manager Ben DeCosta says an incentive is "something that I think in the next year the business community and the government ought to consider."

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